Riverside Fire Department

River Bottom Incident

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Incident Name: River Bottom Incident

Date Reported: 8/8/2023

Time Reported: 1921 Hours

Incident Location: Van Buren X Jurupa, Riverside, CA 92505

Ward #: Ward 7 Hemenway

Type of Incident: Vegetation Fire

Incident Number: RIV #23-026714

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  • Cause under investigation
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    Resources Assigned

    Chief Officer(s): 1

    Engine Companies: 5

    Truck Companies:



    Firefighter(s): 20

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    Public Information Officer(s):

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    Percent (%) Contained or Completed: 100%

    Total (%) of Perimeter that will be Contained: 100%

    Incident Size Acreage: 1/2 Acre

    Current Situation

    (Recent updates are posted at the top of the Current Situation)

    Final Update

    On August 8th, 2023, at 7:17 P.M., the City of Riverside Fire Department received a dispatch for a smoke investigation near the vicinity of Van Buren and the bridge. The initial responding unit observed a substantial column of smoke and consequently requested a complete vegetation response. Upon their arrival, they discovered a fire burning in heavy fuels covering an area of approximately half an acre, with limited access options. Firefighters employed hose lays that were extended over the side of the Van Buren bridge to reach and effectively extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire could not be determined; however, the burn area was noted to contain multiple homeless encampments. Notably, no injuries were reported among firefighters or civilians.


    The City of Riverside Fire Department is currently on scene of a vegetation fire at the Van Buren Bridge in the Santa Ana River Bottom.  The fire is currently one acre in size with the forward progress stopped.  Commitment time is approximately two hours.   Four engines, one brush truck, one water tender and one battalion chief are currently assigned. 

    Assisting Aid Agencies

    Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Brian Guzzetta

    Prepared By: Battalion Chief Bruce Vanderhorst

    Date / Time Posted: 8/8/2023 2021 Hours

    Information Center: 951.826.5321