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Martinez 3 Fire

Unit Information

Southern California Agency
1451 Research Park Drive
Riverside, CA 92507

Incident Contact

Fire Information
Phone: 909-766-2838
Hours: Daily 8am-6pm

Highlighted Activity

11/16/2019 Fire Update Nov 16
Summary: The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southern California Agency (BIA) continues to manage and support the Martinez 3 Fire. Yesterday, a press conference was held at the incident. Representatives...
News - 11/16/2019
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The Martinez 3 Fire is nearing an end. Firefighters have been working long and tedious hours in tandem with heavy equipment extinguishing mulch piles that were 12-15 feet deep. Piles are broken apart, opened up and then extinguished by water and foam. Fire officials are forecasting the fire to be fully completed by Nov, 15th 2019. 

The Martinez 3 Fire is now considered 100% contained; meaning a dozer line has been completed around the fire. The fire is 98% controlled; meaning firefighters have reduced the heat output of the fire by 98% and only 2% is left. 
Martinez 3 Fire resources remain available to respond to any new fires in the area, which allows for a rapid response time.

The Martinez 3 fire remains top priority for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region, and the Southern California Agency. No infrastructure or structures have been damaged.

With the fire nearing completion, it’s important to understand that the Martinez 3 Fire is not the only source of smoke in the valley. Various farming operations conduct agricultural (AG) burns weekly, building the concentration of smoke in the local area. AG burns will continue to happen when air quality is within the allowable parameters. 

Fire management staff continues to work with the Coachella Valley Unified School District, The South Coast Air Quality Management District, Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies to ensure student and community health is protected.

The Sun Valley Recycling Center is no longer operating at the incident site off 66th Avenue. Any dumping of materials at the site is illegal. Please report any illegal dumping seen in the valley to Martinez 3 fire information, 909-766-2838.

The Martinez 3 Fire is suspected to be an arson caused fire. A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any arsonist involved in the Martinez 3 Fire or any future fires in the area. Please call WeTips at 1-800-472-7766 to make an anonymous report.

Smoke Conditions: Conditions are being monitored and advisories will be updated as needed. Updates can be found at:

Daily air quality forecasts are provided online at:

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginMonday October 14th, 2019 approx. 01:30 PM
LocationTorres-Martinez Indian Reservation
Incident CommanderRichard "Quintan" Garcia
Incident DescriptionMulch Fire
Coordinates33.64 latitude, -116.142 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel36
Size52 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateMonday November 18th, 2019 approx. 08:30 PM
Fuels Involved

Wildland vegetation and piles of mulch of various sizes, decreasing in size due to fire. Mulch fires are very difficult to attack, requires the use of heavy equipment to disperse, spread and cool material. Some piles continue to burn but are diminishing in size.


Projected Incident Activity

Mulch piles will continue to produce smoke, north winds will move smoke southeast of the valley.

Currently the fire is 98% controlled and 100% contained


100% contained, and 98% controlled

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Mostly clear, high in the 90s, with light winds