Crews mopping up after palm tree fire in Woodcrest neighborhood

A palm tree fire in a Woodcrest neighborhood prompted authorities to evacuate residents as a precaution Saturday afternoon, before announcing that the fire’s progress was halted.

The blaze began around noon in the 15000 block of Cartwright Drive and was burning about 1.5 acres, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Residences south of John F. Kennedy Drive, north of Van Buren Boulevard, east of Porter Avenue and west of Dauchy Avenue were being evacuated Saturday afternoon.

Wildland Fire:[email protected] 12:16 p.m. 15000blk Cartwright Dr. In Woodcrest. 1.5 acres of palm trees burning near structures. As a precaution, the residences south of John F. Kennedy, north of Van Buren, East of porter and west of Dauchy are being evacuated. #CartwrightFIRE

— CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department (@CALFIRERRU) August 6, 2022

No injuries or structure damages were reported, said Tawny Castro, a spokesperson for Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department. The announcement that the fire’s progress was stopped came at 2:24 p.m.

The fire was later mapped at 2.8 acres and after 6 p.m., firefighters were engaged in mop-up operations.

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