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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Esperanza Wildfire, A Tragic Day

Title: 2006 Esperanza Fire

Date: October 26, 2010

Location: Cabazon/Riverside County
Notes: In the wee hours of this morning in 2006 an arsonist's fire began near Cabazon and strong Santa Ana Winds fanned it southward through 41,173 acres of wildland where a few hours into the incident it overwhelmed and wiped out an entire 5-person USFS engine company based on the San Bernardino NF (Engine 57) which at the time was conducting structure protection for an isolated compound located at the head of a drainage up which the fire rapidly burned through.
Ultimately, the fire consumed 34 homes and 20 outbuildings.

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