Riverside Fire Department

Freeway Incident

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Incident Name: Freeway Incident

Date Reported: 7/15/2020

Time Reported: 1902 Hours

Incident Location: Eastbound 60 Freeway to the Southbound 215 Freeway, Riverside, CA 92507

Ward #: Ward 2 Melendrez

Type of Incident: Vegetation Fire

Incident Number: RIV #20-020197

Control Time: 7/15/2020 at 2100 Hours





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    Chief Officer(s): 2

    Engine Companies: 12

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    Firefighter(s): 45

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    Incident Size Acreage: 3

    Current Situation

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    On Wednesday July 15, 2020 at 7:02 p.m., The City of Riverside Fire Department responded two engine companies to the Box Springs Interchange at the Eastbound 60 to the Southbound 215 Freeway for reports of multiple vegetation fires in the Gore points of the interchange.  Riverside County CAL-Fire also sent a vegetation fire response due the location being a boundary call.  Riverside City Firefighters arrived to find multiple spot fires along the roadway with smoke laying across the freeway.  Riverside City upgraded the alarm to three alarms.  The transition road was closed.  A total of 12 engine companies, one water tender and two chief officers responded. 

    The fire was held and contained to three Gore points within the interchange for a total of three acres.  The wooden posts to a guard rail were damaged by the fire and CAL-Trans was notified.  There were no firefighter injuries.  The cause of the fire was undetermined after investigation. 

    Assisting Aid Agencies

    Incident Commander: Bruce Vanderhorst

    Prepared By: Bruce Vanderhorst

    Date / Time Posted: 7/16/2020 0750

    Information Center: 951.826.5321