Riverside Fire Department

Van Buren Incident

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Incident Name: Van Buren Incident

Date Reported: 07/12/2020

Time Reported: 1816 Hours

Incident Location: 4500 Block of Van Buren

Ward #: Ward 5 Placencia

Type of Incident: Brush Fire Extending into Structures

Incident Number: RIV #20-019906

Control Time: 07/12/2020 @ 2251 Hours

Fatalities: 0

Critical: 0

Moderate: 0

Minor: 1

Non Injury: NO

Displaced Persons:

Loss: 200.000.00

Save: 1,500,000.00


  • Cause under investigation
  • Evacuations: 0

    Evacuation Comments: N/A

    Resources Assigned

    Chief Officer(s): 2

    Engine Companies: 10

    Truck Companies: 2

    Squad(s): 1

    Ambulance(s): 2

    Firefighter(s): 22

    Safety Officer(s): 1

    Public Information Officer(s): 0

    Fire Investigator(s): 2

    Overhead Personnel: 1

    Mutial Aid:

    Specialized Equipment:

    EOC: 0

    Utilities: 1

    Red Cross: 0

    Percent (%) Contained or Completed: 100

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

    Incident Size Acreage: 5

    Current Situation

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    The City of Riverside Fire Department responded to a reported vegetation fire on the 4500 Block of Van Buren.  The first arriving Chief officer reported a ¼ acre of grass on fire that had extended into a group of large untrimmed Palm Trees and an adjacent mobile home park.  There were dozens of mobile homes, standard structures, and recreational vehicles threatened throughout the fire area.  This resulted in multiple alarms to adequately staff this fire due to the complex nature of this incident.

    The fire was controlled and eventually completely extinguished using multiple 1.5” and 1.75” lines from each engine company.  The fire was brought under control in approximately 90 minutes with only one mobile home destroyed and approximately 4 additional that had very minor damage and one with moderate damage.   

    During the firefighting operation a Fire Fighter was overcome by a heat related illness and transported to a local hospital for treatment.  The Fire Fighter was released from the hospital and is home resting with a full recovery expected. 

    This incident had a tremendous potential to grow exponentially if not for the extreme efforts put forth by the responding fire personnel. 

    Assisting Aid Agencies

    Incident Commander: Scott Wilson

    Prepared By: Scott Wilson

    Date / Time Posted: 07/13/2020 @ 0200 Hours

    Information Center: 951.826.5321