Fairview Fire grows to 9,846 acres, is burning ‘in all directions on all flanks’

The deadly Fairview Fire, which broke out on Labor Day near Hemet, rose to 9,846 acres on Wednesday, with a 5% curb. About 1,000 personnel were battling the fire.

“Open fire from all sides still threatens many communities,” incident commander Josh Janssen said during a 6 a.m. press conference.

Janssen said the fire, which killed two people and destroyed structures, was believed to have started near the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Bautista Canyon Road, which he called “a few orange trees with described as “a rural area”.

How the fire started is being investigated, but it is expected to take several days. SoCal Edison said in a regulatory filing Tuesday that it is investigating whether its device may have played a role in starting the fire.

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