Wednesday Update: Fairview Fire and Radford Fire
The Fairview Fire has now burned around 5,000 acres and is 5% contained. The Radford Fire is 2% contained and has burned 917 acres.
Last Updated: 9/7/2022 at 10:20 a.m.
The Fairview Fire broke out Monday. Firefighters are facing scorching heat as they work to contain the blaze. CAL FIRE Captain Richard Cordova described it as a constant battle. "They're out there continuing to work hard, but they also have to contend with the heat."
As of Wednesday morning, the fire was about 5% contained. Captain Cordova is hopeful that conditions will continue to improve this week. He said they had a lot of resources fighting the fire Tuesday.
During the initial outbreak of the blaze, two residents were killed attempting to escape. Another person who was with those two was also injured and transported to the hospital to be treated for severe burns. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Individuals seeking shelter during the evacuation can go to Tahquitz High School at 4425 Tital Trail, Hemet, CA 92545.
Individuals living in the foothills of Hemet Valley, south of Thornton Avenue, north of Polly Butte Road, west of Fairview Avenue, and east of State Street have all been ordered to evacuate. Additionally, people living south of Stetson, north of Cactus Valley Road, west of Fairview Avenue, and east of State Street have also been put under evacuation orders.
The Radford Fire also began Monday and is burning south of Big Bear Lake. That fire is currently 2% contained and has burned 917 acres. You can find an interactive map with the most up-to-date evacuation areas here.