Lamb Canyon blaze battled by more than 200 firefighters

Photo courtesy of Don and Malea Ortloff / Hemet News
Fire spreads through 50 acres of wildland on Oct. 23 in Lamb Canyon.

■ Mary Ann Morris / Editor

More than 200 firefighters were tasked with extinguishing the Extension Fire, which broke out mid-morning on Monday, Oct. 23 on Lamb Canyon Road north of Gilman Springs Road in Gilman Springs.
The first arriving engine company reported a wildland fire approximately two acres in size burning at a moderate rate of spread on the north and south side of Lamb Canyon Road. The winds were blowing at approximately 40 knots. Victory Ranch Baptist Camp on Gilman Springs Road had requested structural support to protect their property and livestock from the flames.
Multiple ground and air resources were deployed, including a total of 214 firefighters, three helicopters, 16 engine companies, four overhead personnel, four air tankers, eight fire crews, two water tenders, three bulldozers and a helitender. The agencies that responded to this fire include American Medical Response, Cal Fire / Riverside County Fire, California Highway Patrol, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Riverside County Fire Department, according to a news release.
As of Monday evening, the fire was 100 percent contained and the blaze was limited to 50 acres. It has been speculated that the fire was caused by a truck. No injuries were reported and no people were transported to hospitals. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Photo courtesy of Don and Malea Ortloff / Hemet News
Fifty acres of brush and vegetation were charred Oct. 23 in the hillsides off Lamb Canyon Road.
Photo courtesy of Don and Malea Ortloff / Hemet News
Smoke was seen for miles as more than 200 firefighters battled the Extension Fire on Oct. 23.

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