“Temprano Wildfire” in Murrieta 100% contained at 200 acres

The Temprano Wildfire was fully contained at 200 acres. The fire burned one travel trailer & one barn. Crews remain on scene monitoring the situation.

UPDATE: Sept. 24, 11 a.m.

MURRIETA – The Temprano Fire has burned approximately 200 acres and is currently 90 percent contained, according to the Murrieta Fire Department. The threat is greatly minimized to homes.

The fire burned one travel trailer, one barn and minor scorching damage to one home. Murrieta and the surrounding area will continue to see and smell smoke for the next week which is normal under the circumstances and they should not be concerned unless they see active flames. If active flames are seen, please call 911.

UPDATE: Sept. 24, 2012 1 a.m.

MURRIETA – A fast-moving fire has burned upwards of 150 acres of brush in Murrieta, and was 40 percent contained by lines of cleared brush, the city’s fire chief said tonight.

”We’ll reinforce containment lines tonight, said Murrieta Fire Chief Matt Shobert.

More than 150 firefighters from Murrieta, Cal Fire, Riverside County and other agencies were working the fire lines in the hilly area overnight, said Shobert. Six air units, helicopters and tankers, worked until sundown and would return in the morning.

The fire — named the Temprano Fire — was reported at 4:45 p.m. near the 39300 block of Via Temprano, according to Riverside County fire officials.

”There are some damaged structures, including a fifth-wheel travel trailer and a barn-type structure, but no residences,” Shobert said.

He said the fire moved fast because the thick chaparral ”hasn’t burned in decades.”

Earlier today, 100 to 200 homes were threatened and a voluntary evacuation center was opened at Vista Murrieta High School in the 28000 block of Clinton Keith Road, but Shobert said there were no takers.

”People evacuated on their own or sheltered in place,” Shobert said.

The threat has subsided with reduced nighttime temperatures and wind and increased humidity, he said.

No injuries were reported.

UPDATE 9:15pm

MURRIETA – According to Murrieta Fire Department Chief Matt Shobert, the “Temprano Fire”, as it is now being called, is 40% contained. The fire is being called the Temprano Wildfire because it was first reported on Via Temprano Road. There are just a few patches that are burning currently, and the total acreage burnt is still 130 to 160 acres. Currently there are about 130 firefighters still working the fire.

Homes in danger totaled about 200, according to Chief Matt Shobert. There are still no mandatory evacuations, but there has been some structure loss with no details available as of 9:15pm.

There have been conflicting reports of the fire being reported as early as 3 pm, or as late as 4:45 pm.

UPDATE: As of 8:30 pm, there are 130 to 160 acres that have been burned, according to Murrieta Fire Department Chief Matt Shobert. There is no percentage of containment as of yet and it is still under investigation.

UPDATE 8:15 pm – It is being reported that there are evacuations and structure damage. The evacuation center at Vista Murrieta High School located at 28251 Clinton Keith Road in Murrieta is now open. More information to follow.

MURRIETA – The Murrieta Fire Department is fighting the wildland fire that started in the Warm Springs Preserve in Murrieta at about 4:45 this afternoon with the aid of CAL FIRE/Riverside, Office of Emergency Services, and the Riverside County Fire Department. The wildland fire is currently 60 acres, and moving at a moderate to rapid rate of spread.

There are 27 engines, 1 helicopter, 179 fire fighters, 4 air tankers, 3 overhead personnel, 6 fire crews all battling the fire presently. There is still very little information available and it is under investigation.

As of 6:30 pm there were no mandatory evacuations. A voluntary evacuation center is being opened by the City of Murrieta at Vista Murrieta High School located at 28251 Clinton Keith Road, Murrieta, CA. 92563.

MURRIETA – The sizeable brush fire that started at about 4:45 pm this afternoon in the Warm Springs Preserve area of Murrieta has been moving and is now in the Los Alamos area near Hunter St. and the sports park. The fire has also been burning near the Grassy Knolls Mobile Home Park. There have been some road closures on Murrieta Hot Springs Rd. and Los Alamos. Check back for Story and pictures.


28 Responses to "“Temprano Wildfire” in Murrieta 100% contained at 200 acres"

  1. Mrs R   September 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for the info! We can see a huge plume of smoke here in south Temecula! Will check back for updates

  2. D Draggin   September 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    its a big fire. Really close to homes. Ron Paul 2012!!!

  3. HarvestonianBecause   September 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    6:20 engines are still responding down Murrieta Hot Spring and smoke is still black and thick. We saw flames on the hillside from Margareta Rd.

    Looks like homes could be in danger. Please update the story.

  4. Harvestonian   September 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    MHS Rd closed at Margarita

  5. Debbie Spink   September 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    We live off of Murrieta Hot Springs road and could see the smoke from here. The helicopters were flying over us and filling up at a pond across the street from my condo development. I am frustrated looking for new of what is going on and grateful to have found your story. I will keep checking back to learn if it is under control. From here it looks like it is getting closer to us.

  6. Annonomus   September 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    A house on top of a hill just lit on fire and the fire is headed towards us, I have a feeling we are going to need to evacuate soon.

  7. Anonymous   September 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    How did it start

  8. Fallbrook Resident   September 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks Village News for getting us the information and pictures so quickly. You guys are on top of it! Whenever we see smoke, I log on knowing you will have the information we need. Hope this fire gets stopped right away.

  9. sherry B   September 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I am also frustrated trying to keep up on this fire. We are off Whitewood . I happen to be outside grilling when I could see the smoke going up.. an hour later it was everywhere and black. Someone please update the situation on this fire and the direction it’s going etc. I would like to know if it’s contained at all?

  10. anonymous   September 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    What is the latest witht brush fire in Murrieta, please update.

  11. Christie-Homeowner   September 23, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    The firefighters have been spectacular!!! Thank you all for keeping our homes safe. As the tanker is dropping its load on the valley fire behind our home cheers go from up the neighborhood. Early on the neighbors have come together to help water down the easements and yards of those homes that are directly off the valley, Proud to live in Murrieta where people come out and help each other. Again thanks

  12. Teresa   September 23, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    does anybody know if schools will be closed because of this fire?

  13. anonymous   September 23, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Will Vista Murrieta High School be closed tomorrow?

  14. we were close   September 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Shopping at the 99c store and could see the smoke. Hope everyone is ok. We then went to Big Lots and could still see smoke. When we started to make our way home, it was clear. Looks like they got the upper hand.

  15. anonymous   September 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Will vista murrieta be closed tomorrow?

  16. Out of Danger   September 24, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Live in the area, right around the corner. Drove by this morning, looks calm near the elementary school. No flames could be seen. THe news is reporting 40% contained and should be under control today.

  17. Molly M   September 24, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Great reporting; how about a map of the area.

  18. A12345   September 24, 2012 at 9:13 am

    LOL I think the best part is when Murrieta Fire Department could not handle the Fire so they hadto call Cal Fire for help. LOL thats Murrieta Fire for you

  19. Kim K   September 24, 2012 at 9:39 am


    The fire is 90% contained.

  20. gw   September 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Here’s a video from the NE camera at red mountain, looking toward this fire:

    video was created from the still images.

    The cameras are located at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/cameras/RedMtn.html

  21. MamaB   September 24, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Does anyone know the status of the fire?

  22. Mikey   September 24, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Its a shame calfire opted for profit over safety by not contracting the super scoopers this year, chances are this fire ( and the next ones) would have been snuffed out before they got a chance to spread.

  23. Hey Mikey,   September 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    The Super Scoopers as you call them are private Canadian aircraft that Los Angeles County contracts with. Cal-Fire has their own air fleet piloted by contract pilots. More aircraft is not necessarily a good thing especially for this fire. A little information on how fires are contained and controlled. An engine crew establishes an "anchor point" to start extinguishing the fire. They then go left and right (called divsions) and start extinguishing the fire. The fixed wing aircraft help slow the spread of the fire on those left and right divisions but it is the firefighters on the ground that extinguish the fire. Helicopters are used to slow hot spots and channel the fire. Dozers are used to remove burnable fuel but are limited in terrain. Hand Crews are used to establish and clean up the extinguished fire lines. This explanation is very simplistic and a gross over generalization but hopefully it gives you an insight.

  24. Be Nice,   September 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    For those that are critical of Murrieta Fire and their perceived inability to control that fire, I suggest you learn a little on how the various fire agencies work and are operated. The Forest Service firefighters are responsible for managing federal forest lands and that doesn’t always mean extinguishing the fire as that might impact the health of the forest and nature. Cal-Fire has the responsibility of protecting our watershed (brush). They also contract for municipal fire services and medical services in a variety of counties, cities and districts. A city fire department and/or district is responsible for protecting their specific area. Depending on various conditions, this might be an urban department taking care of high rise incidents or a rural fire department taking care of the occasional house and business. Most of Southern California agencies fall into the middle. No one agency (federal, state or local) can do it all and we in California rely heavily on mutual aid to help each other. Murrieta cannot afford and cannot be expected to control a fire of that magnitude and that’s exactly why mutual aid programs exist. We in California are at the worldwide forefront of sharing resources. Many parts of the United Staes have fire departments that do not cross a city boundary regardless of the mayhem that is happening. Be proud of your fire agencies and the hard work they do at providing the very best service that is possible. It’s easy to make a sly hit and run comment in these forms but I encourage you to learn and support your local department. Stop by and ask questions, get involved.

  25. alecfranklin   September 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    thats kraize wild fire god job fighting it off you are a good man

  26. A12345   September 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I know how fire dept. work and the fires was not that big initially but Murrieta Fire could not control it an take care of it so they had to call cal fire immediately to help them. I always read the newspaper of how Murrieta talks about how good they are and stuff and how they protect there city, well there your example wow if you read the other newspaper not just this one it has cal fire all over it so there your proof cal fire took care of business again.

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