Skip to main content

Martinez 3 Fire

Unit Information

Southern California Agency
1451 Research Park Drive
Riverside, CA 92507

Incident Contact

Fire Information
Phone: 951-276-6624
Hours: Daily 8am-6pm

Fire Update Nov 13

Martinez 3 Fire Wildfire
News – 11/13/2019

Summary: Last night firefighters found a considerable amount of heat in two large mulch piles in the northeast corner within the fire perimeter. Heat deep inside mulch piles has tendencies to be hidden from the surface with little to no smoke appearing; therefore, heavy equipment turns the piles giving it a chance for hot spots to be exposed. Equipment and personnel are being extended a little longer to work these piles and to set up the sprinkler system. The sprinkler irrigation system that fire officials ordered will be set up at the incident today. The system will be used to saturate the entire fire area to ensure no hotspots can flare up and reignite any remaining mulch. Heavy equipment operators continue to fan out the mulch, which allows firefighters to find and extinguish areas of heat that could be of concern.

All tests for hazardous gases continue to come back negative. Firefighters use a handheld multi gas detector to periodically test the air at the incident to ensure the safety of the firefighters and the public near the incident.

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 all illegal dumping seen in the valley to the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians at 760-541-5215 or submit a report at ivan-imperial.org.  

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 connected to the Martinez 3 Fire or any other fires in the area. Please call WeTip at 1-800-472-7766 to make an anonymous report.

Fire officials continue to work closely with the Coachella Valley Unified School District, The SouthCoast Air Quality Management District, Riverside County Health Department, Environmental Protection Agency, and other agencies to ensure the health of the community.

Smoke Conditions: The South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) continues to monitor the air near the incident. No advisories are currently in effect. Advisories will be updated as needed. Updates can be found at: www.aqmd.gov/advisory.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not detect any hazardous chemicals when they sampled the air quality at the Sun Valley Recycling Facility and throughout the Desert Mirage High School, Toro Canyon Middle School, and the Las Palmitas Elementary School contiguous campuses. The EPA samples were taken on October 22.

Weather:  Clear and sunny skies will continue today, with a high of 86 and lows in the mid 47. Winds remain calm, around 5-mph from the southeast.

Note: Send an e-mail to: 2019_casca_martinez3@firenet.gov to receive these daily fire updates emailed directly to you.