Wildfire Season Continues As Chaparral Fire Ignites in San Diego County

  • The Chaparral Fire is currently burning in both Riverside and San Diego counties.
  • On August 29, Cal Fire reported that the blaze is 10% contained.
  • The Caldor Fire outside of Sacramento is Cal Fire’s top priority.

The Chaparral Fire ignited on Saturday afternoon in San Diego County and has burned more than 1,400 acres in both San Diego and Riverside counties, according to Cal Fire.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

An August 29 update from the Riverside County Fire Department said that one firefighter received minor injuries, two structures were destroyed, and the fire has been 10% contained.

Two evacuation areas have been designated on the southeastern corner of the Cleveland National Forest, according to Cal Fire evacuation maps.


“Since the beginning of the year, wildfires have burned more than 1.7 million acres in California. While firefighters continue their battle on the current major wildfires, Cal Fire and fire departments across the state remain prepared for potential more significant wildfires due to critical fire weather,” Cal Fire said in a statewide fire summary on Sunday.

The Caldor Fire, which has burned 156,515 acres outside Sacramento since August 14, has become firefighters’ top priority as it approaches Lake Tahoe, Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter said at an August 23 news conference.

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