UPDATES: Wildomar Fire Devastates Neighborhood

The fire on Wesley Street -- at Grand Avenue -- was reported just before 1 p.m., according to Cal Fire's Melody Hendrickson.

Update at 7:37 p.m.:

Southern California Edison Thursday evening reported three poles scorched by the fire in Wildomar, prompting officials to de-energize the attached electrical lines.

About 35 customers were without power for about 20 minutes, while crews cleared the poles and made the appropriate repairs, an SCE spokesperson told Patch.

Update at 4:37 p.m.:

The so-called "Wesley" fire was 100 percent contained Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Damaged in the blaze -- mapped at 14 acres -- were one empty home, several outbuildings and a vehicle, Cal Fire's Melody Hendrickson said.

A monetary damage estimate was not immediately available.


Update at 4:02 p.m.:

A firefighter battling a 15-acre blaze in Wildomar Thursday burned two of his fingers, officials said, and a civilian was taken to a hospital with minor injuries not related to the incident.

Cal Fire reported the fire at 80 percent contained, with 15 acres burned.

Mandatory evacuations were not carried out, though some people voluntarily vacated their homes.


Update at 2:36 p.m.:

Firefighters battling the blaze in Wildomar worked in 103-degree heat Thursday, according to Cal Fire.

No updates on the progress of the fire were available as of 2:30 p.m. but also no word about containment of the blaze, which started on Wesley Street at Grand Avenue, then jumped Grand.

At least three homes were burned but no injuries were reported.

Grand Avenue was closed at Grey Eagle Court to the south and Ridge Oak Road to the north; Wesley at Grand also remained closed.

Relative humidity was at 23 percent, Cal Fire reported, and winds were blowing west/southwest at 23 mph.

Firefighters from the Pechanga tribe, U.S. Forest Service, Corona and Murrieta were assisting Cal Fire, officials reported.


Update at 2:12 p.m.:

Some 163 firefighters are now on the scene of the so-called "Wesley" blaze in Wildomar.

UPDATE at 1:53 p.m.:

Authorities have ordered mandatory evacuations, as homes in Wildomar went up in flames, Patch has learned.

Homes on Grand Avenue to Union Street -- and north of Wesley Street -- are being evacuated, Patch learned at the scene.

The fire, which began just before 1 p.m. on Wesley Street on Grand Avenue, had jumped Grand early on, Patch learned.

Witness Diana Ethington emailed Patch that her progress down Grand toward Clinton Keith Road was marked by columns of smoke rising into the sky.

"There (are)  fires burning structures on both side of Grand; looking beyond these fires it looked like Grand was smoked in all the way to Clinton Keith," Ethington wrote.

"It was the strangest thing I have ever seen, like I think they have to be housing they were billowing up huge black smoke in four different locations that we could see," the witness wrote Patch.


A fire in Wildomar Thursday burned three homes and gobbled 10 acres, forcing closure of Grand Avenue but no injuries were immediately reported.

The fire on Wesley Street -- at Grand Avenue -- was reported just before 1 p.m., according to Cal Fire's Melody Hendrickson.

Nearly 100 firefighters were at the scene, assisted by two air tanker and a single helicopter crew, Hendrickson said.

The fire had burned seven acres within six minutes, according to Cal Fire.

Photos to be posted shortly.

Lisa August 10, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Ron, are you FOR or AGAINST air drops. Your post makes no sense.
Lisa August 10, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Actually the oils in eucalyptus trees slow down a fire not speed it up. You were stating as fact what was your opinion. I too thought what you thought but when I asked about it and looked it up on the internet it actually is the opposite. those trees might have actually slowed down the fire. And thank god becuase it ended one house away from mine. Thank you to all the fire fighters out there fighting the good fight it those heavy and hot uniforms in this outreageous heat.
Lisa August 10, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Mr. Temecula, SERIOUSLY? I am going to go out on a limb here and maybe I am being prejudiced but "you are an IDIOT". and/or IGNORANT. Take your pick. If you had any sense you would pick IGNORANT but maybe you are to stupid to know that is the lesser insult.
Lisa August 10, 2012 at 03:11 AM
It only burned the one home and a couple outbuilding becuase of the firefighters. Horrraaayyyy to them! More could have burned if not for them. Many homes right in the path but all saved. Yaaaayyyy.
momof3 August 10, 2012 at 03:14 AM
I am sorry if I mis-stated any facts but reading through these posts, not just this one, why do people start picking on people on here when it should be used to inform or just post comments, let's deal with the facts and not make a big deal if someone mis-states them. we are lucky it wasn't us and our homes or loved ones or pets and move on in our lives and not hover over the key board waiting to repsond in a negetive manor. THe real deal here is the fire, the losses, and the praise for our firemen. Good night.
momof3 August 10, 2012 at 03:21 AM
@Lisa, I just re-read the "facts on the tree species" and please give another read before considering my statement to be inaccurate. That's all.
Kristin Lehigh August 10, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I agree with you Al--Ron and The Gorilla could learn something from a great neighbor like Wildomar Resident!
Kristin Lehigh August 10, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I grew up in a small town in northern NY that STILL has an all volunteer fire department and those men and women ARE the best at what they do. When a call comes in, they drop whatever they're doing, leave their families, and go put their lives on the line to help. They battle brush fires and barn fires in the summer and house fires in the winter when it is way below zero outside. My father and brother both served for more than 20 years each. And they are all highly trained--they are skilled in the latest fire-fighting techniques and have top-notch equipment. So while I agree with you that this country shouldn't skimp in the area of public safety, I also have to say that a good volunteer fire department made up of dedicated community members can be just as effective.
Mr. Temecula August 10, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Lisa, I see the limb you went out on was full of grammatical errors and punctuation problems, perhaps you should review some sentence structure lessons and rethink your prejudice.
Wildomar Resident August 10, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Add this to the woes of the fire fighter. Many fires are in empty homes or outbuildings that have been taken over and used for meth labs. As if the fire wasn't enough danger for these guys, they have to be concerned about toxic chemicals and explosions.
clothes hamper August 10, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I couldn't believe my eyes when coming down Palomar, a line of cars almost backed up to the fire, trying to exit Wesley, and no one was stopping to let them out. I stopped my car, and started waving the cars on Wesley to exit, then the south bound traffic stopped, so finally there was a full stream of cars coming out of Wesley. People were stopped on the side of the road, what were they thinking? lets watch the cars burn? .... Finally a traffic partol showed up to move the traffic safety, allowing another Fire Dept to enter
Sue mills August 10, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Nature at work
liss August 10, 2012 at 05:50 AM
@ RON AND MR TEMECULA why dont you both take a hike get off the patch and get a room . you both = asses
Brenda August 10, 2012 at 07:40 AM
Hey Ron, as fast as fire move Sir, its best to hit them with all we have handy at the moment to prevent the wind catching it and burning down hundreds of houses. Especially fires like this one that is so very close to homes. We learned in the last 8 years with horrific fires in San Diego, and here in Southeast Riverside and north to hit with whatever we have so that they do not turn into a fire that does so much damage. Respect you trying to save tax payer money but these guys are getting paid anyway just to be on call for any fires that do spring up since they started the new Fire and Rescue Teams in California just for these type of things. To save property, lives, animals, homes, etc.
Gary Linn August 10, 2012 at 01:54 PM
The only comment I can make is best wishes and prayers to anyone in a fire. As for fire fighters and police God bless you all. To think they are overpaid is ridiculous.
Bubba August 10, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I heard the President is going to tour the "devastated" community later today.
Al Lee August 10, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Well it sure won't be Mitt "Ritchie Rich" Romney
Al Lee August 10, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I agree wholeheartedly Gary
Al Lee August 10, 2012 at 03:52 PM
All of the above people, just look at the things this guy has said in his history of comments and you can see what kind of poster he is. Cal-Fire did a great job and I hope the injured fire fighter is doing fine.
Mark August 10, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Is your name really "Dick Weed?" Cuz, I have a hard time believing it is....lol
Paul Bakeman August 10, 2012 at 07:37 PM
The Patch is truly a liberal Rag.
Hope August 11, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I agree! Firefighters put thier life on the line every day. They do not get paid nearly enough for what they go through. This is spoken from a widdow of a fireman.
Constant Comment August 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM
See what I mean now? "Widdow" really? If you expect anyone to believe it, you might want to learn how to spell it! Yeah...I know, typo...right? You'd be better off trolling the lounges, instead of on here. Just a suggestion.
Super Woman August 11, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Anita Drink and Hope are the same person it appears by their pictures......
Hope August 11, 2012 at 08:37 PM
For the first time I finally agree with you Constant Comment and you have to bag over a typo and trolling lounges? First of all, I WILL NOT defend myself to a BITTER, angry nosey person who can not keep your opinions and negativity from others. You know what they say to those who can not play nice? Get off the playground! You really have to get over yourself, stop trying to hurt others and try to be nice once in a while. Maybe someone will say something nice about you one day and will not have to try to make others look bad just to make you feel good.
Hope August 11, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Actually, you do not have to be a super woman to see that we are not one in the same, nor are our comments similar. But nice try and great compliment.
Jeanne Cordova Chavez August 12, 2012 at 05:38 PM
@ the Gorilla, OVERPAID? They put their lives on the line every time they respond to a fire. They also save lives. You have got to be kidding me. Firefighters and police officers also, deserve every penny they work so hard for. Do you have a job that your life is in jeopardy everytime you step in your work shoes? Probably not! Give it a rest. All the pay in the world won't replace a human life lost trying to protect your burning home or removing someone from a wreck on a busy freeway.
The Gorilla August 12, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Yes Jeanne firefighters are overpaid. They choose what they do for a career. Our leaders have sold their souls to the public employee unions. Jeanne so it looks like you are saying that since they put their lives on the line that there should be a high value placed on their pay. However they chose to perform a public service at their option so they should be paid what taxpayers can afford. The military overseas have people trying to kill them but I dont see democrats or really anyone coming forward and saying they DESERVE every penny they are paid. Nobody deserves anything.
Tina Tyra August 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Gorilla, you may have opposable thumbs, but your brain is not as developed as that of a human. Firefighters are certainly not overpaid. Just because they are willing to risk their life for you, others, and their job, doesn't mean that they shouldn't be paid for it. Two wrongs don't make a right. The military, police, and teachers aren't paid enough either. Why don't you get on the bandwagon and protest that basketball players and football players make millions for playing a game they love? Why does growing up playing sports entitle them to get rich quick while people who are putting their lives in danger or actually serving humanity get next to nothing and have to deal with "gorillas" like you who don't appreciate their sacrifice. Next time your house is burning, maybe you should call a basketball player who makes 6 mil a year and see what he does for you.
Al Lee August 13, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Tina, you are right on the money. Our servicemen, our public servants all deserve raises......and your dea on about gorilla brain.


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