YCJUSD Evacuates Mesa View Middle School Due to Nearby Sandalwood Fire
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District (YCJUSD) evacuated Mesa View Middle School (MVMS) on Thursday afternoon due to the Sandalwood Fire which broke out at approximately 2 p.m. First responders escorted students remaining on the middle school campus to Calimesa Elementary School after classes had officially ended. YCJUSD reported on their website that as of 4:30 p.m. that 100 percent of the school had been evacuated and everyone was safe.
The fire ignited when a trash truck dumped a burning load on the side of the road which spread into nearby vegetation according to Riverside County Fire Department’s (RCFD) website. The primary site of the fire was the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park with 110 homes.
As of late Friday afternoon, the fire had spread to some 500 acres and reported to be zero percent contained. Multiple mobile home structures had been destroyed inside the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park. RCFD was also reporting that the fire was a threat to nearby railway and power grids. Mandatory evacuations had been ordered for an area south of 7th Street, east of County Line Road. A Care and Reception Center had been opened at Calimesa Senior Center, 908 Park Avenue in Calimesa.
Approximately 120 firefighters, one helicopter and two air tankers were working to contain the blaze. Numerous agencies were cooperating to aid in firefighting and in ensuring the safety of individuals including American Medical Response, CAL FIRE/Riverside, CAL FIRE/San Bernardino, Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Fire Emergency Management Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, San Bernardino County Fire Department, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company and Calimesa Fire Department.
The YCJUSD has indicated that the district’s website will be updated regarding the status of classes on Friday at MVMS as that information becomes available. The YCJUSD is located at https://www.yucaipaschools.com/. For the most up-to-date information on the fire go to Riverside County Fire Department in cooperation with CAL FIRE at: http://www.rvcfire.org/_Layouts/Incident%20Information/IncidentInfoDetail.aspx?4517.