10-Acre Riverside Brush Fire Damages Structures Near Santa Ana River; Evacuations Lifted

Evacuations prompted by a 10-acre brush fire that damaged structures in Riverside on Monday have been lifted, authorities said.

A fire burns in the Riverside area on Dec. 4, 2017. (Credit: Watchara Phomicinda/Southern California News Group​)

A fire burns in the Riverside area on Dec. 4, 2017. (Credit: Watchara Phomicinda/Southern California News Group​)

Firefighters were battling the fire off Riverdale Place and Lakeview Avenue near Santa Ana River, according to Cal Fire.

Residents west of Van Buren Boulevard and Jurupa Avenue were ordered to evacuate, Ryan Railsback of the Riverside Police Department said. Evacuations were lifted shortly before 4 p.m., according to the Riverside Fire Department.

Riverside Fire Capt. Dave McClellan said that about 12:45 p.m., responding firefighters saw smoke and soon upgraded the response because of strong winds.

McClellan estimated the fire at 10 acres, but said the acreage may increase.

Two homes and two sheds have suffered minor damage in the fire, as well as a fence, McClellan said.

No injuries have been reported.

The fire burns amid a critical risk of fire due to strong Santa Ana winds and low humidity across Southern California. Wind gusts of 44 mph are predicted for the Riverside area, according to the National Weather Service.

A red flag warning is in effect through Thursday night.

“Any fires that develop will spread rapidly,” the weather service’s warning states. “Avoid activities that could spark a fire.”

KTLA's Cindy Von Quednow contributed to this story.