The Fairview Fire in Hemet, which has already claimed two lives and damaged multiple houses, spread to an estimated 4,500 acres on Tuesday, with only 5% control. The fire behaviour has been
"extremely unexpected," according to Rob Roseen, a spokesman for Cal Fire, who was on the scene early Tuesday morning. Roughly at 2:00 on Monday, a brush fire started on the outskirts of
Hemet in Riverside County and quickly spread. Cal Fire Chief Josh Janssen announced during a morning press conference that two people were murdered and another was injured while trying to escape
Inquiries into the fatalities are being conducted by the Riverside County Sheriff's Office. At this moment, it's unknown whether or not the individuals were connected or even from the same family.
Janssen did not report any new information on the number of buildings damaged or destroyed by the fire, but on Monday night, Cal Fire tweeted that seven buildings had been lost.
Several burned houses could be seen on the now-empty mountains east of State Street and south of Stetson Avenue, as captured by Sky5. In addition to the difficult terrain, smoke, and flames
from the fire, firefighters also had to deal with temperatures in the triple digits. Monday's afternoon high in Hemet was 105 degrees, and a lengthy heat wave was predicted to keep temperatures
around that level again Tuesday. As of Thursday, orders to leave were still in place for 3,400 homes south of Stetson Avenue, north of Cactus Valley Road, west of Bautista Canyon,
and east of State Street. Thomas Mountain Ridge south to Cactus Valley and Bautista Canyon to Forest Boundary are again under mandatory evacuation. Tahquitz High School, located at 4425 Titan
Trail in Hemet, was set up as an evacuation centre. Shane Reichardt, spokesman for Riverside County's Office of Emergency Management, suggested that small animals might be transported there.