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Illegal Burn In Lakeland Village Sparks Reminder From Fire Chief

The burning of debris is illegal across the county, even if it is on private property -- as Friday’s blaze was.

A small fire in Lakeland Village was an illegal burn, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department confirmed.

Firefighters were called to the blaze on the west side of Grand Avenue, near the hillsides, shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Crews quickly doused the flames and there were no reports of damage or injuries.

According to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson, the open burning of debris is illegal across the county, even if it is on private property -- as Friday’s blaze was.

On Aug. 14, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department Chief John Hawkins suspended all open burn permits in county areas due to extreme fire risk.

In addition, the chief also restricted campfires to designated campgrounds. (See the chief’s attached proclamation for full details.)

There were no reports of arrests due to Friday's blaze and it's not immediately known whether any citations were issued.

Roberto September 09, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Hope 3:21 pm on Saturday, September 8, 2012 ME! REPLY: You must be illegal...because you have FINE written all over you...giggidy-giggidy-giggidy!
Reverend Smith September 09, 2012 at 09:18 AM
I'm in Lake Elsinore and just about every report of drug manufacture, fires from same or illegal burns or just plain stupidness like backfiring weed wacker, unsanctioned cannabis "dispensaries". police sweeps for parolees or gangs or other fugitives from justice is in Lakeland Village. It's a place all kinds of "illegals" can melt into the unmaintained and largely unpatrolled dusty backroads among the unpermitted structures and properties with poorly defined ownership. If some are hinting that that combination of words "illegal aliens" is suggested, then yes, that type of illegality is widely practiced and accepted there as well. Any "racial" references to that description is purely in the mind of the reader. A person who illegally maintains a presence inside a country can be of any ethnicity.
D A September 09, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Well Hope! You seem to be the best thing Lakeland Village has! Your not illegal and you give them hope
Linda Ridenour September 09, 2012 at 08:33 PM
What a shame you feel that way. Most of us are hard working people. I personally try to make my community a better place. Maybe this is just a joke and as a senior I do not get it.
Reverend Smith September 10, 2012 at 03:51 PM
If you monitor this site's Police Blotter, you'll see the words "parolee" and "Lakeland Village" in half the stories. Like this recent example: http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/articles/parolee-pleads-not-guilty-to-killing-lake-elsinore-man Really - they ought to rename the place "Parolee Village". Leaving it part of Lake Elsinore is giving the city of Lake Elsinore a bad name. And that's quite a challenge. Remember this infamous resident of Lakeland Village: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Albert_Gardner The news kept saying he was from Lake Elsinore - what a smear on us. He did try to abduct a girl off Machado Street. But where he was living and where he committed his first sexual offense was in Lakeland Village.

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