UPDATE: Wildfire South of Banning Sends One to Hospital

After spreading to 45 acres, the fire is fully contained.

UPDATE: A blaze south of Banning burned 45 acres and sent one firefighter away in an ambulance to an area hospital today.

The firefighter was transported in an air ambulance and treated for heat exhaustion, Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said.

The "Twin" fire, which was contained this afternoon, started south of Banning on Highway 243 near Twin Pines Road.

It shut down Highway 243 between Wesley and Poppet Flats Rd for most of the day. The highway is now open, but traffic is being controlled, according to CalTrans.

"Motorists are urged to use caution and yield to fire equipment working in the area," said Hagemann.

No structures were threatened and the cause is under investigation. 

"Resources committed overnight on the incident include two engines and two inmate fire crews," Hagemann added.

Jo S July 11, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I am at the bottom of the hillside and it looks like they have got it contained pretty much. Not as much smoke!
Matthew Schoenmann July 11, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Thanks Jo! Seems like they got on top of it really quickly.
Mariana Zuelsdorf July 12, 2012 at 06:42 AM
With the hot dry winds, it seems that everyone is holding collective breaths due to the fire danger. Many many heartfelt thanks to the wonderful fire crews. I can't image how hot it was working up there. I hope the two firemen who were sent to the hospital are OK.
Washy July 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Boy I hope it is out with the winds we are having now.
Kristen De Haan July 12, 2012 at 02:27 PM
So glad they were able to get it contained! It is always astounding to me that people need to be reminded to yield to emergency vehicles.


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