A small fire broke out on a hillside behind Station 60 and Snow Water Pl., off Vacation Dr., on Wednesday evening, May 4. According to a report by Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire, five engine crews responded to the two-acre blaze and doused it within about 25 minutes.
A firefighting helicopter from Hemet-Ryan Airport was called in when it looked like the fire might reach thick vegetation. Pictures by local photographers did show a helicopter dropping water on the hillside. No structures were damaged and there were no injuries.
One photographer, Judi Meredith, whose property bordered the other side of the hill from the fire, said she was greatly relieved the brush outside her fence line had been cleared. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
The irony wasn’t lost on viewers that the shuttered Station 60 was just yards away from this blaze. Those attending Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, which took place an hour after the blaze broke out, listened to continued discussion about the future of fire services in Canyon Lake. There was no resolution at the meeting on the subject of whether Canyon Lake should have its own fire department, continue to contract with Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire or pursue some other option.