UPDATE 5/1/17 @ 12:00 a.m. – The fire remains at 1,350 acres and 25% contained. The threat to homes has decreased from 40 homes threatened, down to 15 homes threatened.
UPDATE 4/30/17 @ 9:50 p.m. – The fire is now 1,350 acres and 25% contained. Approximately 40 homes are threatened by the fire.
HIGHGROVE – The Riverside County fire in the Highgrove community being called the “Opera Fire” is now over 1200 acres and only 15% contained.
The fast-moving fire that was first reported at 3:43 p.m. in the area of Opera Loop and East Palmyrita and is now threatening nearby structures. CalFire Riverside officials said that drones flying in the area have hampered progression, “If you fly, we can’t” fire officials reminded.
The rapidly spreading fire is driven by wind and vegetation and is threatening radio towers on Box Springs Mountain. The Fire is moving southeast toward Box Canyon and Moreno Valley. CalFire/Riverside County Firefighters are fighting the fire that is being fought by 125 firefighters, 3 helicopters, 45 engine companies, 2 air tankers, 2 fire crews, 10 overhead personnel, and 2 bulldozers.
No additional information is available, information will be updated as it is received.
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- Opera-Fire: Photos provided by Ed @fireimages/CalFire