Mandatory Evacuations Ordered as Palmer Fire in Redlands Area Threatens Homes, Spreads to 3,200 Acres

Several Redlands residents were ordered to evacuate their homes Saturday afternoon as a fire sparked by fireworks burned 3,000 acres in the town, officials said.

The Palmer Fire in Beaumont is seen in a photo released Sept. 2, 2017, by Cal Fire Riverside.

The Palmer Fire in Beaumont is seen in a photo released Sept. 2, 2017, by Cal Fire Riverside.

The fire swiftly gained acreage after it was first reported at about 1:30 p.m. in Beaumont near San Timoteo Canyon Road and Fisherman’s Retreat, according to Cal Fire Riverside. At that point, the flames covered about 50 acres.

As of 9:30 p.m., the flames were 10 percent contained.

The blaze, being dubbed the Palmer Fire, broke out as a result of someone setting off fireworks, according to Cal Fire.

The mandatory evacuation included residents on Live Oak Canyon Road in Redlands between San Timoteo Road and the 10 Freeway, Cal Fire Riverside said.

Voluntary evacuations were also in place for Outer Highway 10 from Live Oak Canyon Road to Alta Vista and on Alta Vista to Sunset Drive, as well as Sunset Drive to Helen Court, the Relands Fire Department said.

An evacuation center was set up at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave. in Relands. Large animals could be taken to the Yucaipa Equestrian Center at 13273 California St. in Yucaipa.

Large animals could be taken to the Yucaipa Equestrian Center at 13273 California St. in Yucaipa. Small animals were being housed at the Redlands Animal Shelter at 504 N. Kansas St. in Redlands.

Multiple roads were also closed: Alessandro Road, San Timoteo Canyon Road and Live Oak Canyon Road from I-10 to San Timoteo Canyon Road.

About 275 firefighters were on scene Saturday evening, according to the Redlands Fire Department.