Riverside Brush Fire Engulfs 1,350 Acres, Threatens Homes

RIVERSIDE — Crews are attacking a brush fire in Riverside that has spread to 1,350 acres.

Three helicopters, two air tankers and around 150 firefighters are attempting to suppress what is being called the “Opera Fire.”

At 9:50 p.m., 25 percent of the fire had been contained, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Around 40 homes in the residential areas surrounding Box Springs Mountain are at risk as the flames continue to spread.

When crews arrived at the field near the Opera Loop off East Palmyrita Avenue around 3:40 p.m., the fire had taken over 30 acres of vegetation. The flames have spread rapidly through the “light fuels,” or grasses and pine needles, in the area and with the aid of moderate winds.

The fire department says there may be a threat to radio towers on Box Springs Mountain Reserve Park.