Fire Breaks Out On Tribal Land in South Palm Springs, 45% Contained

Fire Breaks Out On Tribal Land in South Palm Springs, 45% Contained

Ceci Partridge

A brush fire broke out in South Palm Springs Friday amid triple-digit temperatures.

The fire was reported around 12:30 p.m. on the southern edge of the city, near South Palm Canyon and Acanto drives, and sparked several spot fires.

As of 8:00pm Friday evening the fire had burnt 70 acres and was 45% contained.

The fire is affecting tribal land area called Andreas Ranch, an area which is an allotted trust land that is not owned by the Agua Caliente Tribal Government.

A farmhouse on the property was fully engulfed in flames as well as two other small houses, according to Kate Anderson, spokesperson for the Agua Caliente Tribe.

Multiple Fire Departments including Riverside County Cal Fire, Palm Springs City, Cathedral City Fire Department, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and Bureau of Land Management battled the flames while contending with 117-degree heat.

One firefighter from the Bureau of Land Management was said to have suffered from heat exhaustion, but no other injuries were reported.

Authorities shut down the intersection to local traffic, and access to everything south of Acanto is closed.

The public is asked to avoid the area.