Crews strengthening lines on Highland fire in Aguanga, increasing containment to 25%

Firefighters on Thursday, Nov. 2, expected to make more progress in containing the Highland fire in Aguanga as winds from the ocean were forecast to increase the humidity in the light grasses and medium-sized shrubs that have been burning since Monday in rural southwest Riverside County.

“It’s going to aid in the control and allow us to button up this fire and get home,”  Justin McGough, a spokesman for Riverside County incident command, said in a video briefing.

A map of the burn area of the Highland fire in Aguanga on Nov. 2, 2023. (Courtesy of Cal Fire) 

Crews on Wednesday were able to strengthen the hold on the east end of the fire by scratching out lines with hand tools. They planned to return with fire hoses to continue the job, McGough said.

“There is still quite a bit of hot material on the east end of the fire,” McGough said.

The fire had burned 2,487 acres as of Thursday morning and was 25% contained. Containment refers to the percentage of a fire’s perimeter that has been surrounded by a control line or natural barriers such as a pond that officials believe the flames will not cross.

But the flames had diminished enough that officials at the scene said air tankers would not be required for operations on Thursday. Two helicopters were doing mop-up work along the fire lines.

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