Jim Fire burns hundreds of acres near Santiago Peak in Southern California

Spread from Orange County into Riverside County

6:10 p.m. PT, March 3, 2022

Firefighters are making good progress on the Jim Fire in the Cleveland National Forest in Southern California. On Thursday several air tankers and helicopters were assisting firefighters. There has been no mention of the fire spreading any more Thursday.

There has been no reported change in the size, and is still 553 acres.

The cause of the fire is officially still under investigation, but the Desert Sun reported that U.S. Marines were working with explosives in the general area about the time the fire broke out.

From the Sun:

Marine engineers from Camp Pendleton were in the area using explosives to demolish old dams, authorities said, as part of a long-running project to restore creek habitat for steelhead trout.

“There was a crew working in the area yesterday, but the fire is still under investigation,” said Nathan Judy, spokesperson for the Cleveland National Forest. “Forest Service law enforcement will be headed into that area to do the investigation.”

The video below from the FIRIS aircraft shows an air tanker dropping, and using infrared, the amount of heat remaining on the fire.

8:58 a.m. PT, March 3, 2022

Map of Jim Fire, 4 p.m. March 2, 2022
Map of the Jim Fire, 4 p.m. March 2, 2022.

The Jim Fire that started near Holy Jim Canyon spread very little after the late afternoon on Wednesday. The Cleveland National Forest said Thursday morning it has burned 553 acres. Today crews will continue to build hand and dozer lines around the fire and utilize water-dropping helicopters to assist with any remaining hotspots. Air tankers will be on standby to respond if needed.

It began in Orange County in Southern California Wednesday morning and burned uphill and north across the North Main Divide Truck Trail and into Riverside County.

As you can see in the photo below the fire is fairly quiet Thursday morning, with some interior heat still present.

map Jim Fire March 3, 2022
Jim Fire, looking east-southeast from Santiago Peak at 8:42 a.m. March 3, 2022.

The thermal video below shows heat on the fire at 10:32 p.m. on Wednesday.

The photo of the Jim Fire below was taken Wednesday, a few hours after it was reported.

Jim Fire, March 2, 2022. By Anaheim Fire and Rescue
Jim Fire, March 2, 2022. By Anaheim Fire and Rescue.

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