CA blaze burns 34 homes

Firefighters in California contained the deadly Esperanza wildfire Monday evening.

BY HEATHER MOYER | CABAZON, Calif. | October 31, 2006


Firefighters in California contained the deadly Esperanza wildfire Monday evening.

The fire was 85% contained as of Monday morning and authorities credited the lower temperatures and weaker winds for helping them to contain it later that day. The wildfire had already done severe damage, though, having killed four firefighters and destroyed 34 homes.

Another firefighter was critically injured when flames overcame the fire engine that killed the four others. Seven minor injuries were also reported.

The blaze started early Thursday and, fueled by powerful Santa Ana winds, quickly burned across thousands of acres. The blaze has now burned more than 40,000 acres. Investigators say arson is to blame and are looking for leads.

Steep and rugged terrain also challenged firefighters as the fire spread through parts of Riverside County near Cabazon.

Hundreds of people once evacuated from their homes in Twin Pines, Poppet Flats, Vista Grand, and South Banning are now slowly returning.

Almost 3,000 fire personnel are battling the wildfire.


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