Firefighters contain brush fire near Hemet West

Flames erupt near homeless encampment

Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley Chronicle
Hemet firefighters quickly extinguish a brush fire near Hemet West on Wednesday, June 13, that started near a homeless encampment.

■ By Corey Evan / Reporter

A fire started just to the east of Hemet West park around 2 p.m. on Wednesday June 13. Five Hemet Fire Department units, a unit from the Soboba fire department and two battalion chiefs were on the scene by 2:30 p.m.
The fire scorched between 1.5 and 2 acres, and was contained by 3 p.m.
Hemet Fire Battalion Chief James Majchrzak was not able to confirm the cause of the fire at the time, but noted that Hemet Police were aware of several homeless encampments at the scene, which is lined by trees. “They very well might of been a cause to the start of this fire,” Majchrzak said.
The area to the east of the scene is filled with dry brush, but the fire did not spread to this portion of the field due to winds pushing to the north.
Hemet Fire wants to remind the public that fire season is here and fire safety precautions should be taken always. For tips on fire safety visit: cityofhemet.org/fire.

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