Riverside Fire Department

Trautwein Incident

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Incident Name: Trautwein Incident

Date Reported: 02/13/2020

Time Reported: 1214 Hours

Incident Location: 7800 Block of Mission Grove Parkway, Riverside, CA 92508

Ward #: Ward 4 Conder

Type of Incident: Vegetation Fire

Incident Number: RIV #20-004736

Control Time: 02/13/2020 at 1402 Hours





Non Injury:

Displaced Persons:


Save: $2,000,000


  • Failure of equipment or heat source
  • Evacuations:

    Evacuation Comments:

    Resources Assigned

    Chief Officer(s): 1

    Engine Companies: 4

    Truck Companies:



    Firefighter(s): 16

    Safety Officer(s):

    Public Information Officer(s):

    Fire Investigator(s):

    Overhead Personnel:

    Mutual Aid:

    Specialized Equipment:



    Red Cross:

    Percent (%) Contained or Completed: 100

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

    Incident Size Acreage: 1/8

    Current Situation

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    On Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 12:14 p.m., The City of Riverside Fire Department responded a first alarm vegetation fire response to the intersection of Trautwein X Mission Grove for numerous reports of a vegetation fire.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find a vegetation fire burning in light to heavy fuels in an arroyo behind the Kindercare in the 7800 block of Mission Grove Parkway.  The fire was contained to a 1/8 of an acre. 

    Firefighters had several near misses with falling tree branches (Widow Makers) and had to back out of the area.  The tree producing the falling branches was fallen by a firefighter utilizing a chainsaw.  Once the hazard tree was mitigated, firefighters were able to continue mop-up.  A preliminary investigation was conducted and the cause was a homeless encampment cooking fire as the most probable cause.  There were no witnesses and no suspects on scene.  No firefighters or civilians were injured.  Estimated save to surrounding structures is at $2,000,000.  A total of 16 firefighters and one chief officer responded. 

    Assisting Aid Agencies

    Incident Commander: Bruce Vanderhorst

    Prepared By: Bruce Vanderhorst

    Date / Time Posted: 02/13/2020 1843 Hours

    Information Center: 951.826.5321