Sandalwood Fire press conference

Supervisor Jeff Hewitt said, "We're all in this together," at the press conference.

In a Sandalwood Fire press conference held Friday, Oct., 11 at 11 a.m. in Beaumont, the unified command agencies of Sandalwood Fire conducted an update to the fire. Captain Fernando Herrera concluded, "things are looking fairly good" for fire containment.

Fire officials confirmed that 76 mobilehome structures were destroyed, nine suffered moderate damage and five suffered minimal damage in yesterday's devastating fire in Calimesa. The entire acreage burned is 823 acres with a 10 percent containment and there are approximately 250 firefighters that are out battling fire.

Officials reported they evacuated approximately 500 plus homes. Those evacuations are still in place. Currently there is a road closure, Seventh Street between Sandalwood Boulevard and County Line Road.

Officials urge the public to report anyone that is missing or unaccounted for, by contacting  Sheriff’s Dispatch Non-Emergency line at 951-776-1099, option number 5. The Care and Reception Center is located at Mesa Grande Academy at 975 Fremont St., Calimesa - to report anyone unaccounted for or missing, go there and find someone from the Sheriff’s Department to report the missing person.

Riverside County Board of Supervisor Jeff Hewitt said, "This morning, Riverside County and the city of Calimesa proclaimed a local emergency as a result of the devastation to the beautiful city of Calimesa, a community which I have been a part of  for 25 years. The local proclamation will support additional opportunities for resources and funding as we continue through this response. We’re all in this together."


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