In the Cahuilla Indian Reservation in Riverside County, a new fire nicknamed the Bonny Fire, crept through steep and rugged terrain overnight.

So far, this is not significant growth, but with hot and dry conditions throughout Southern California, that is likely to change. Cal Fire and Riverside County Firefighters are fighting the Bonny Fire which has burned through over 2,300 acres of vegetation. The fire erupted south of Aguanga on Thursday, but firefighters said they were able to contain roughly 20% of the blaze overnight.

Fire depicted sweeping over terrain

Firefighters are hoping to contain the fire within a week, barring unforeseen weather incidents. However, those weather incidents have crept up throughout the last month.

Fire officials told that unburned brush within the fire’s perimeter threatens containment lines. CalFire and Riverside fire officials told the media that the steep and rugged terrain is another serious challenge, along with the weather. The potential for thunderstorms could also increase the erratic behavior of the fire and make things unpredictable.

“The men and women who are fighting this fire deserve our praise and support,” said Riverside wildfire attorney Gerald Singleton. “While the Bonny Fire must be investigated, we hope everyone living and working in the area stays safe.”

If you or someone you love has been impacted by a wildfire, contact the Bonny Fire attorneys at Singleton Schreiber by calling 213-816-0307 or be emailing

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The Bonny Fire was first reported at 2:50 pm on Thursday, July 27 near Bonny and Barber lanes, but full containment isn’t expected until August 7 at the earliest. So far, one firefighter reported an unspecified injury, and while no homes have been burned one outbuilding was destroyed. More than 2,000 firefighters are battling this blaze, mainly form Riverside and cooperating agencies.

Evacuation orders are in effect for several areas, including the San Diego County line, east of Bonny Lane, south of Bowers Road, Bailey Road, and Ramsey Road, and west of Anza Borrego State Park.

After the fire began on Thursday, the fire nearly swept across Chapman and Johnson Roads which prompted Cal Fire air tankers and water-dropping helicopters to protect homes.

Officials established a care and reception center at Hamilton High School in Anza, CA for anyone impacted by the fire. In addition, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services has stationed some personnel at the care facility to help with displaced animals. 

At the moment, the South Coast Air Quality Management District had no smoke advisories, but that could change depending upon conditions. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Wildfires in Riverside County have been a recurring and devastating natural disaster, causing significant damage to both the environment and human communities. This region in Southern California is particularly susceptible to wildfires due to its hot and arid climate, which creates ideal conditions for rapid fire spread.

The impact of these wildfires on human life cannot be understated. Each year, residents face the risk of injuries, property loss, and even fatalities as flames engulf homes, businesses, and vast stretches of wild land. The health hazards posed by the dense smoke and air pollution during these events exacerbate respiratory conditions and pose serious threats to vulnerable populations, including the elderly and children. Emergency services work tirelessly to contain the fires and rescue those in danger, but the scale and ferocity of these blazes often make their efforts challenging.

While some wildfires in Riverside County are sparked by natural causes such as lightning strikes, a significant number are also human-caused. Activities like unattended campfires, discarded cigarettes, or the improper use of machinery can lead to unintentional ignitions. Furthermore, there have been instances of arson, where individuals deliberately set fires with malicious intent.

Authorities in Riverside County continuously strive to raise awareness about fire prevention, implementing measures to educate the public on responsible fire practices and urging residents to create defensible spaces around their properties. By promoting wildfire awareness and safety, they aim to reduce the risk of human-caused ignitions and enhance community preparedness.

Additionally, efforts are made to improve fire response capabilities and coordination among firefighting agencies. Investing in firefighting infrastructure, employing sophisticated technologies, and conducting controlled burns in strategic areas to reduce fuel loads are some of the strategies employed to mitigate the impact of wildfires.

Despite these efforts, the ever-increasing threat of wildfires in Riverside County necessitates continuous vigilance and preparedness from both authorities and residents. By understanding the causes and consequences of these fires, communities can work together to minimize the risk of future catastrophes, safeguarding lives, property, and the natural environment from the destructive force of wildfires.

“Anyone impacted by this fire needs to call an experienced Riverside wildfire attorney who can walk them through how to make claims, deal with insurance companies and investigate the true cause,” Mr. Singleton added.

If you’ve been injured or had property damaged in a wildfire, contact the Bonny Fire attorneys at Singleton Schreiber by calling 213-816-0307 or emailing