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Southwest Riverside / North San Diego County Wildfires

Last update December 29, 2007

This is an incomplete chronology of major wildfires in southwest Riverside County (and some in northern San Diego County) over the past several years. Fires that burned less than 1,000 acres didn't make this list; there have been many of those throughout the years. If you know of other fires not listed here, or have better information, please tell us. Most of the recent wildfires have been covered by WeatherCurrents. In particular, there were more than usual number of fires in 2003, 2004 and again in 2007 (see map provided by the National Weather Service), due to drier than normal conditions. A previous bad fire season occurred in 1993. 2003-2004 Wildfires
Wildfire Name Dates Acres Burned Location
Poomacha Fire   October 22-25, 2007    TBD Palomar, Pauba Valley, Valley Center in north San Diego County
Rice Canyon Fire   October 22-25, 2007    TBD Rainbow, Fallbrook, Pala Mesa Village in north San Diego County
Soboba Fire   June 22-25, 2005    2,080  east of San Jacinto
Melton Fire   July 17-19, 2004    3,960  south of Hemet near Sage
Eagle Fire   May 2-7, 2004    8,945  southeast of Temecula
Cerrito Fire   May 2-7, 2004    16,460  north of Lake Elsinore
Pleasure Fire   April 25-28, 2004    4,264  near Anza
Mountain Fire   October 26-30, 2003    9,898  northeast of Temecula
Roblar 2 Fire October 21-27, 2003    6,892  southwest of De Luz; mostly in San Diego County
Canyon Fire July 27-August 1, 2003    4,300  east of San Jacinto
Stage Fire July 24-July 27?, 2003    less than 2,000  between Sage and Hemet
Gavilan Fire February 10-12, 2002    5,763  south of De Luz, north of Fallbrook
Pechanga Fire (also called Agua Tibia Fire)   July 29-August 9, 2000    11,734  south of Temecula, in Agua Tibia wilderness
Camp Pendleton Fire   September 4-5, 1997    1,100  southeast of De Luz
Pauba Fire   August 31-September 5, 1997    7,200  east of Temecula, near Vail Lake
Juan Diego Flats Fire   July 1-6, 1996    1,057  north of Anza, at Cahuilla Mountain
Bee Fire   June 29-July 2, 1996    9,620  San Jacinto mountains, near Idyllwild
Palm Fire   June 27-July 10, 1994    20,900  San Jacinto mountains, south of Palm Springs
Unknown   June 26-28, 1994    1,500  south of Anza
Ortega/El Cariso Fire   October 27-31, 1993    12,000  west of Lake Elsinore, in Cleveland National Forest
California Fire   October 26-31, 1993    25,100  near Winchester and French Valley
Vail Fire   1989    16,000  south of Temecula, in Agua Tibia wilderness
Palomar Mountain Fire   1987    Unknown  southeast of Temecula, near Aguanga

Credits: The Press-Enterprise, National Weather Service, California Department of Forestry, Sue Bram, Curtis Croulet, Tom Chester.

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