Gavilan Fire: 338-acre blaze fully contained in Riverside County

After burning for a full week, Cal Fire officials announced the Gavilan Fire, one of four major wildfires that broke out in Riverside County, had been fully contained, though Southern California continues to bake under an extended heat wave

Cal Fire reported the Gavilan Fire broke out near the intersection of Gavilan and Idaleona roads around 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16. The area is approximately 15 miles north of Lake Elsinore. 

While the department originally reported that the fire had only burned approximately three acres, in just over an hour Cal Fire said the fire had grown to 150 acres, with lots of fuel in the area. 

By Saturday, July 22, the fire had been fully contained, according to Cal Fire.

The fire had forced several evacuations and road closures over the week. For the latest fire maps and evacuation orders,  residents can head to Cal Fire Riverside County's website here:


The Gavilan Fire was the fourth large fire to break out in the Riverside County area last week, including the Reche Fire, the Highland Fire and the massive Rabbit Fire, all of which have been fully contained as of July 22.