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'Aggressive Suppression Efforts' Credited for Containment of Lakeland Village Fire

It took crews about four acres to contain the fire on Sunday.

Firefighters on scene of the "Gillette" incident above Lakeland Village on June 15, 2014.  Photo courtesy:  Lane Media.
Firefighters on scene of the "Gillette" incident above Lakeland Village on June 15, 2014. Photo courtesy: Lane Media.

Firefighters are investigating Monday the cause of a weekend fire that scorched an estimated six acres near Lakeland Village.

The so-called Gillette Fire was reported at 4:49 p.m. Sunday in the area of Akley and Gillette streets above Lakeland Village, according to Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department.

A total of 140 firefighters, backed by two water-dropping helicopters and two air tankers, contained the fire by 8:50 p.m., she said.

"Forward spread has been stopped due to aggressive suppression  efforts by air and ground resouces," Hagemann said. 

[RELATED:  Check out a photo gallery from the scene of the blaze on Lane Media here

No one was injured, no structures were threatened and no evacuations were ordered, Hagemann said.

Firefighters from San Bernardino and San Diego counties and the Cleveland National Forest assisted in the battling the blaze, she said.


– City News Service contributed to this report.

Diana June 16, 2014 at 06:10 PM
The cause of the fire would be homeless camps that are all up and down the hill, you can see them!!!!!!!!!!
Dan Grigor June 16, 2014 at 07:15 PM
The first of our videos from yesterdays fire. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCydM73EnDw
trueconservative June 16, 2014 at 11:27 PM
Thanks to all the fire fighters.
REPBEAR June 17, 2014 at 09:57 AM
I have to say that our Riverside fire fighters are awesome! Every time they have done an amazing job!

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