Firefighters respond to brush fire on Labor Day


A Cal Fire helicopter scoops up water from the city’s recycled water pond at the golf course. Photo by Donna Ritchie

Water from Canyon Lake and the city’s recycled water pond at the golf course was used to fight a small brush fire on a hillside in Lake Elsinore on Labor Day. According to the Riverside County Fire Department, the fire was first reported at 3:02 p.m. in the 35000 block of Redberry Palms Court. The first arriving engine company reported a half-acre burning at a slow rate of spread in light brush. The fire grew to five acres.

The forward progress of the fire was stopped at 3:40 p.m. The fire was contained at 5 p.m. Firefighters remained on the scene for mop up.

Eighty-five firefighters, 16 engine companies and one helicopter responded to the “Hills” fire. There were no injuries or evacuations.