Winds continue to be concern for firefighters battling Jurupa Valley Riverdale fire – Orange County Register

Strong winds will continue to be a threat Tuesday for firefighters battling the Riverdale fire, which was ignited Monday afternoon by a man fleeing from Riverside County sheriff’s deputies, officials said.

Although the winds did die down somewhat overnight to about 25 mph with 35 mph gusts, winds are expected to ramp up throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 40 mph Tuesday.

Despite the combined high wind and red flag warnings in effect until later this week, fire officials said they hoped to have the fire fully contained by Tuesday night.

The latest numbers from Monday night show the Riverdale fire charred about 40 acres in the river bottom west of Van Buren Boulevard and was 50 percent contained by 9 p.m., Riverside Fire officials said.

About 20 homes were threatened, and…

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