Firefighters Battling 250-Acre Vegetation Fire in Sycamore Canyon


RIVERSIDE -- Firefighters are battling a blaze that burned about 250 acres of vegetation in Sycamore Canyon Saturday, the Riverside Fire Department said.


The blaze is burning through a remote area adjacent to a previous fire from July, the department said.


The slow-moving fire was first reported at about 2:58 p.m. at 40 acres and it grew to at least 100 acres by 3:50 p.m., authorities said.


An hour later, the fire had grown to consume about 250 acres and was still expanding, according to Riverside Fire Department spokesman Brian Guzzeta.


a mild threat to nearby commercial and residential buildings in the area of Speyside Road, but no evacuation orders have been issued, Riverside Fire Chief Bruce Vanderhorst said.


Over 100 firefighters responded to battle the blaze, along with two air tanks, two dozers, a helicopter and 25 engines, Guzzeta said.


Speyside Road was closed at Perthshire Place and residents were asked to avoid the area.


It’s unclear what ignited the fire.


No further details were immediately available.

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