Friday, Sept. 2 - Firefighters announce full containment on the Bogart fire burning in Cherry Valley at 1470 acres. Thirty firefighters remain on scene. Fire officials don't anticipate any additional updates on this fire unless conditions change.
Thursday, Sept. 1 - Crews battling the Bogart Fire burning in Cherry Valley continue to make progress with 90 % containment reported Thursday evening. The brush fire has burned 1,470 acres and was holding at that same acreage since Wednesday night.
The Bogart Fire broke out Tuesday near Winesap Avenue and International Park Road on the edge of Bogart Park.
The fire, which investigators believe was triggered by youths lighting matches near the entrance of the park, has not been threatening homes in the area as of Tuesday night, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
One firefighter suffered a minor injury while on the fire lines Tuesday and was hospitalized but is expected to be fine. Three other people suffered minor injuries.
Wednesday, Aug. 31st 5:00 p.m. Update: Cal Fire now says that 1,470 acres have burned, and the Bogart Fire is now 60 percent contained.
Wednesday, Aug. 31st 1:30 p.m. Update: Fire is now 1300 acres and 45% contained.
Wednesday, Aug. 31st 6:55 a.m. UPDATE: CAL says the Bogart Fire is now at 1,250 acres and 20% contained. CAL FIRE says air and ground resources remain assigned to the incident.
Officials confirmed to KESQ and CBS Local 2 that four firefighters have sustained minor injuries while fighting the blaze. One shed was destroyed by the fire but no other buildings have been lost at this time.
Investigators believe the fire was caused by a human and they said several juveniles had been seen in the area prior to the fire igniting. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
KESQ and CBS Local 2 will continue to provide live coverage as firefighters work to contain the wildfire.
8:20 p.m. UPDATE: CAL FIRE says the Bogart fire has grown to 1,000 acres but is now 10 percent contained. Evacuation orders have been lifted for the Highland Springs Village mobile home park, and residents of the Banning Bench community should be able to return to their homes at 10 p.m.
6:45 p.m UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS: CAL FIRE Investigators have determined the fire to be human-caused. Anyone with information witnessing or have knowledge of juvenile activity near the north end of Winesap Avenue near the entrance gate to Bogart Park in Beaumont around 12:30 p.m. this afternoon (08/30/2016) is urged to call the Arson Hotline at (800) 633-2836. All calls are anonymous.
A fast-moving brush fire blackened 700 acres in Cherry Valley within several hours, triggering evacuations of around 700 residents in 200 homes and a mobile home park.
The blaze broke out for unknown reasons at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, near the area of Winesap Avenue and International Park Road, and spread to 100 acres in just over an hour, according to April Newman of the Riverside County Fire Department. Just after 5:30 p.m., what has been dubbed the Bogart Fire had grown to 700 acres and was 5 percent contained, Newman said.
Initially, the fire bore no immediate threat to nearby structures. However, about 1:45 p.m., fire officials reported that the Highland Springs Mobile Home Park at 10350 Overland Trail was being evacuated by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Around 3 p.m., evacuation orders were implemented for all homes on the Banning Bench, a rural area just north of Banning. By 4 p.m., about 700 people had been displaced, with about 200 homes evacuated.
The fire had destroyed one outbuilding and left two firefighters hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
An evacuation center was established in Beaumont at the Albert A. Chatigny Senior Community Center, 1310 Oak Valley Parkway.
Residents in the Banning Pass and Coachella Valley were also warned that winds were predicted to push smoke into areas southeast of the fire. The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory through Wednesday morning, indicating smoke impacts and unhealthy air quality in the Banning Pass and Coachella Valley.
Officials said vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion should be avoided and that children, the elderly, and those with respiratory and heart disease should remain indoors.
More than 300 firefighters from Riverside and San Bernardino counties and the U.S. Forest Service were battling the blaze. Also crews from Cathedral City Fire have also dispatched to help battle the blaze.
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