1,000-Acre Bogart Fire Determined to Be Human-Caused; All Evacuations Lifted

A brush fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon in the Beaumont area and quickly scorched at least 1,000 acres was determined to be human-caused, Cal Fire investigators said.

Flames rage near where a plane made a retardant drop on the Bogart Fire that burned near Beaumont on Aug. 30, 2016 (Credit KTLA)

Flames rage near where a plane made a retardant drop on the Bogart Fire that burned near Beaumont on Aug. 30, 2016 (Credit KTLA)

Evacuations for the Banning Bench and the Highland Springs Village Mobile Home Park in Cherry Valley were lifted Tuesday night, officials said. Residents returning home will need a valid ID.

The Bogart Fire, which had temporarily displaced 700 people, is 10 percent contained, officials tweeted.

The blaze started about 12:25 p.m. at the intersection of International Park Road and Winesap Avenue near Bogart Park north of Beaumont, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

One out building has been destroyed in the blaze.

“We had very aggressive rates of spread,” Liz Brown, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire Riverside said.

Several structures were threatened in the Bogart Fire near Beaumont on Aug. 30, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Several structures were threatened in the Bogart Fire near Beaumont on Aug. 30, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

She added that the steep terrain and rolling hills in the burn area made conditions difficult and dangerous for firefighters.

Two firefighters suffered a non-life threatening injuries, but no civilian injuries have been reported.

Banning Ranch resident Bryan Palacios, his family and pet dog, cat and chicken rushed out of their home as the flames approached. He said seeing the flames and smoke so close was "scary."

"We couldn't believe how thick it was," Palacios said, referring to the smoke. "It was actually right near us. We got out of there as soon as possible."

Brown said investigators found footprints and other evidence that indicated the fire was human-caused.

Authorities were asking anyone who saw "juvenile activity" or anyone in their 20s where the fire started to call the arson hotline at 800-633-2836.