A series of brush fires in Riverside County forced the evacuation of more than 1000 homes as the fires burned closer to residences and businesses. Fire officials ordered the evacuation as firefighters fought the blazes in temperatures nearing triple digit numbers.

The largest of the fires called the Rabbit Fire started on Friday near Beaumont in Riverside County, CA and spread rapidly through the Lakeview community. The Rabbit Fire has burned almost 8,000 acres. The Highland fire located in Beaumont, and the Reche fire in Reche Canyon Road near Moreno Valley have caused less devastation burning 105 and 437 acres respectively. However, firefighters continue to fight the blazes which are located within 40 miles of each other to prevent them from merging.

As of Monday July 17, 2023, the Rabbit Fire had been contained by 35%, the Reche fire is 60% contained and the Highland fire is 70% contained. Fire officials are lifting evacuation orders and re-opening roads but remain cautious as temperatures and dry conditions remain a threat. Residents are encouraged to stay alert and can get updates on the CALFire Twitter account.

According to CalFire, no injuries or loss of property has been reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

CaseyGerry fire attorneys continue to urge California residents to be prepared for fire emergencies. Make a plan, keep communication lines open, be aware of important updates, and have information resources readily available. For some important state and local fire resources, please visit here.

If you or a loved one has been impacted by a fire caused by the action or negligence of others and would like to understand your legal rights, please contact us for a confidential consultation.

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