Fire forces Air 10 to Riverside

Fire forces Air 10 to Riverside

3 September 2008

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USA — About 10 agencies banded together Tuesday to fight a brush fire that forced Air 10, the Redlands Police Department’s air support unit, to land in Riverside, according to city spokesman Carl Baker.

The fire started at about 4:30 p.m. in an abandoned shack at the corner of Church Street and Abbey Way in Highland caught fire. Dry brush and high winds contributed to the fire spreading east into an open area off Greenspot Road in Highland.

By 4:48 p.m., the structure fire turned into a wildfire, said Bill Peters, spokesman for Cal Fire.

Peters said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire was 100 percent contained at about 7 p.m. Peters said no one was injured in the fire. He said the only structures damaged were the house at Church Street and Abbey Way and a small outbuilding nearby.

Peters said 140 firefighters came out to help fight the fire. They came from fire departments in Redlands, the city of San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, the San Bernardino National Forest, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Manuel, Loma Linda, Colton, Rialto and Cal Fire.

Redlands Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Topoleski said 12 firefighters represented the Redlands Fire Department. Topoleski said Redlands sent three fire engines and a water tending truck to help fight the fire

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