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Santa Fire in Temecula now fully contained, area consumed determined to be 14 acres

Published on June 4, 2014 by Stephanie C. Ocano

***Update 7:30 p.m. ***

By Debbie Ramsey, Village/Valley News

The Santa Fire in Temecula was reportedly fully contained at 6:15 p.m. The blaze was managed by Riverside County Fire and Cal Fire. The incident was located at Rancho California Road and Via Santa Rosa.

According to Riverside County Fire, due to more accurate mapping, the fire has been downgraded to 14 acres.

“The cause of the fire was determined by Cal Fire investigators to be mechanical failure of a vehicle,” they stated.

Authorities said 125 firefighters fought the blaze with the help of two air tankers and two bulldozers.

No structures were reported as damaged and no injuries have been noted.

Update 5 p.m.

Santa Fire grows to 30 acres; Rancho California Rd. closed

By Stephanie Ocano

Rancho California Road is closed. The Riverside Sheriff’s office will be directing traffic lanes starting at 5:30 p.m.


At 4:25 p.m. the Santa Fire was reported to have spread to 30 acres. Rancho California Road has been closed at Business Park Drive.

No injuries or evacuations have been reported. At this time, no structures are threatened by the fire.


A wildland fire that began in the hills west of Temecula at 3:18 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4 has spread to encompass 15-20 acres, according to Melody Hendrickson of the Riverside County Fire Department.

The fire is burning at the crossroads of Via Santa Rosa and Rancho California Rd.

Responding personnel on scene include 65 Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters, two air tankers, two bulldozers, one water tender and one helicopter.

Details will be posted as they become available.

4 Responses to Santa Fire in Temecula now fully contained, area consumed determined to be 14 acres

  1. Harvestonian Reply

    June 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I could see it from Vail Rancho Storage a little after it started. I hope they can knock it out quickly!

  2. Reality Checker Reply

    June 4, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    It was at the foot of the hills right behind the OshKosh building off of Diaz Rd. I was driving back from San Diego and could see the smoke all the way from valley center.

  3. WisdomWorker Reply

    June 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Made my stomach turn seeing the rising plume of smoke. Too soon after the San Diego fires.

  4. Local Yocal Reply

    June 4, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    The flames were so high, you could see THEM when you passed by the DMV building, the flames were just up the street from it. There’s so many offices and buildings over there… Local Employment… I hope they catch this thing quickly.

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