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Press Release: Sandalwood Fire
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Calimesa
Written Date: October 11, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM
Incident Date: October 10, 2019 Time: 2:09 PM
Incident Location: Calimesa Boulevard/Sandalwood Drive, Calimesa
Reporting Officer: Deputy Robyn Flores, Public Information Officer
File Number(s): CM192830008

Update 10-29-19:

The second decedent located at the Calimesa Mobile Home Park has been identified as; Hannah Labelle, 61-year-old resident of Calimesa.


Update 10-14-2019:

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is no longer operating under a unified command and have relinquished control to the local command, the Calimesa Fire Department. The property owner for the Calimesa Mobile Home Park has controlled access to the mobile home park. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is not involved in determining who has access to the property.

At this time, access has been granted by the property owner to allow residents to enter the property and access their residences. Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will remain in the area to respond to any law enforcement calls for service.


Update 10-12-2019:

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit continues to assist Cal Fire Investigators in processing the scene at the Calimesa Mobile Home Park. During the evening hours on October 11th , 2019, additional human remains were located during the search of a burnt mobile home. The identification of the decedent is still under investigation and will be determined by the Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau.

One of the two decedents located at the Calimesa Mobile Home Park has been identified as; Lois Arvikson, 89-year-old resident of Calimesa.


On Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 2:09 PM, deputies from the Cabazon Sheriff’s Station and Hemet Sheriff’s Station responded to reports of a wildland fire located east of Mesa View Middle School, within the incorporated City of Calimesa. The rapid spread of fire prompted deputies to conduct emergency evacuations at Mesa View Middle School and Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park. Students from Mesa View Middle School were relocated to Calimesa Elementary School for reunification. Residents South of 7th Street, between Sandalwood Blvd. and County Line Rd., were referred to the Care and Reception Center located at Calimesa City Hall.

During the evacuations of the Calimesa Mobile Home Park, human remains were located inside of a burnt mobile home. The identification or any other information about the decedent will be released by the Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau after the identification has been confirmed. The cause of death is still under investigation and no additional information is available at this time.

The following information is current as of the morning of Friday, October 11th:

500 acres burned
90 structures damaged or destroyed
500+ homes evacuated
1 fatality, no reported injuries

Road Closure: 7th Street between Sandalwood Blvd., and County Line Road
Care and Reception Center: Mesa Grande Academy, 975 Fremont St., Calimesa
Large Animal Shelter: San Jacinto Animal Shelter, 581 South Grand Ave., San Jacinto

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department continues to work in collaboration with our allied agencies to ensure the safety of our communities.

For information on the Sandalwood Fire, a hotline has been established: 951-940-6985. For missing or unaccounted for persons, contact Sheriff’s Dispatch non-emergency line: 951-776-1099, option #5.


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