Grand Prix Fire

Rancho Cucamonga-Fontana
San Bernardino National Forest

Initial Start 10-21-03

Yard work and
saves homes

Fire Maps Photo Gallery Grand Prix Arson Suspected

Grand Prix Fire final update 11-14-03


Significant Events:
Patrol and suppression rehabilitation have been completed.
On October 27, 2003, President Bush declared a major disaster for the State of California, triggering the release of federal funds to help people and communities recover from the Wildfires that occurred October 21, 2003, and continuing. Toll-free Teleregistration number for disaster victims: 1-800-621-FEMA,   TTD 1-800-462-7585. FEMA Disaster Assistance
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Acres 59,448 acres
Acreage (59,448 ac.) in this report reflects the total historical fire spread of the Grand Prix Fire. Since 10/27 to present, 10,466 acres of the Grand Prix Fire has been managed as the Padua Fire. 42,515 acres of the Old Fire is currently being managed by the Grand Prix Fire.
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Residents in Old Fire areas call: Inland Empire Red Cross 909-888-1481
Residents in Grand Prix Fire areas call: Inland Valley Red Cross  909-986-6651
For any fire Red Cross Toll Free: 1-866-GET-INFO
Blood Need Due to the fires surrounding San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, there is an urgent need for blood. The Blood Bank has had to cancel a number of scheduled blood drives due to the evacuation of the areas that these blood drives were going to be held. In addition, due to the problems with air travel, they have been unable to fly in blood from other areas. You can also make a blood donation at any of the donor centers located throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. If you would like any additional information, please contact the Blood Bank at 1-800-879-4484.
Cause Suspected to have been started by an arsonist, the fire investigation team made up of the California Department of Forestry, the USDA Forest Service and Rancho Cucamonga Fire continue their search for the person (s) responsible. Any workers or residents of the Hunter Ridge Home area that saw any suspicious activity (such as cars speeding away or suspicious persons) on October 21 between 1 pm and 2:30 pm, are requested to call (909) 881-6900 or contact their local fire station or arson bureau.
Closures Subject to change at any time.
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For the most up-to-date road closure information, please call:
909-383-4359 (8:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.)
909-383-4631 (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Containment 100 % containment.
Cost To Date To date:  $11,571,772
Reduction in the cost figure ($9,250,000.) will be carried on the Old Fire's 209 report. 
Damage Fire damage final:
Residents:            135 destroyed     -71 damaged
Mobile Homes:       2 destroyed        -1 damaged
Outbuildings:         60 destroyed      -10 damaged
Commercial bldg:    1 destroyed        -1 damaged
Vehicles:               121 destroyed    -8 damaged
Misc:                    19 destroyed      -17 damaged

assessment is completed for the Grand Prix Fire. Totals for Structure Information are final for the incident. All structural loss occurred during the initial burning periods of the incident.

Status of Your Property
For property status, call 866-854-3700.

If you wish to learn whether your property has been damaged by the fires, a list is being compiled and kept by the San Bernardino County Assessor's Office. Please Call the County Assessor's Office at 866-854-3700, or Visit the County Fire Emergency Local Assistance Center at San Bernardino International Airport at 105 N. Leland Norton Way in San Bernardino. 

Structural Assessment
For structural assessment, call 909-387-3089.

If you wish to have your property damage inspected and structurally assessed by the County of San Bernardino, please: Call County Building and Safety at 909-387-3089, or Visit the County Fire Emergency Local Assistance Center at San Bernardino International Airport at 105 N. Leland Norton Way in San Bernardino. County Building and Safety is compiling a list of properties in the fire areas to inspect.

Behavioral Health reps will be present for anyone needing emotional support. Those preferring to call for information may contact the FELAC at 866-854-3700.

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The State of California Insurance Commissioner has established an
information line for the public to use for questions on insurance-related
matters. The toll-free number is 1-800-927-HELP. Information is also
available on the Internet at
Donations to California Disaster Relief
Equipment 2 engines
Animal control may be reached at 1-800-472-5609.
County Fire Information: 909 355-8800
Flight Restrictions FAA FAR (Federal Aviation Regulation) 91.137 has been placed around the fire area restricting non-fire related aircraft movement. The restriction will remain in place until all fire activity ceases.
Fuel Heavy brush, grass with timber component in upper reaches of watershed.
Incident Command Unified Command - CDF, Rancho Cucamonga Fire, USFS and SB County Fire
As of 7am 10-22-03 Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team III (Mike Dietrich - Incident Commander, Martin Esparza - Information Officer
Incident number CA-BDU-11262

Transfer of command to National Interagency Incident Management Team (Studebaker) took place Sat at 1900.
11-5-03: CIIMT 5 (Cable) assumed command at 1800 . OLD and GRAND PRIX incidents are being managed from OLD ICP at DFAS (Norton).
 Injuries 35
Latitude:34 9 30"
Longitude:117 30 48"

Fire origin was on Foxborough Drive, Fontana.

10-21-03, 2:22 pm. The Grand Prix Fire is located in the Northern portion of Fontana, California, and into the San Bernardino National Forest. West of Foxborough Drive and San Sevaine Wash, north of Coyote Road, south of Cucamonga Wilderness and south of Duncan Canyon. The fire was named Grand Prix because the initial dispatch was to Grand Prix and Shetland Lane in Fontana.

BDF Chief Darrel Mincey reported that the fire started around 14:30 and was already at 80 acres before the first air assets arrived. This fire burned 2443 acres in the first 12 hours. The first operational period of this fire burned in an area that had burned during the Texas Fire in 1988.
Observed Fire Behavior No fire growth is expected due to lower temperatures, higher relative humidity and lighter winds.
Personnel 2
Provide structure protection. Continue line construction and with dozers and hand crews. Mop-up and secure the fire perimeter in developed areas.
More information can be obtained at 909-386-2413 or by visiting
San Bernardino County Schools Closure Information

Rim of the World Unified district will re-open on November 17th.
More information can be obtained at (909) 386-2413 or by visiting website listed above.
Weather Fire Weather Forecast for San Bernardino National Forest

National Weather Service forecasting by region 
Agencies Involved CDF, US Forest Service, California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino County Fire Department, Southern California Edison, Dept of Corrections, San Bernardino Sheriff, Red Cross, Animal Shelter, Flood Control, DWP, Rancho Cucamonga PD, Ontario Police Dept., OES, Caltrans, Southern California Gas Company, Department of Water and Power, San Bernardino County Flood Control, American Medical Response
Contact (909) 383-5688 for San Bernardino National Forest Incident Information Desk. 
San Bernardino County Fire Information Line 909 355-8800 (Recording)
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Narrative of Initial Start - Grand Prix Fire 2003
The Grand Prix Fire 10/21/03 By, Clint Kearns

The Grand Prix Fire broke out just on the edge of the wildland/urban interface above Fontana around 2:20 PM. The cause is suspicious and there are conflicting reports about possible arson. An investigation is under way. The fire burned quickly uphill pushed by 5 MPH Southwest winds and burned into the San Bernardino National Forest. No homes have been threatened but structure protection assignments were made around the Chicken Ranch along Duncan Road just West of Interstate 15. 

Four Air Tankers, two Type One Helitankers, and two Type Two Helicopters were in service early in the fire, but thick smoke on the east flank prohibited their maximum utilization, leaving the bulk of the work to the 200 firefighters on the line from CDF, San Bernardino County, several local cities, the department of corrections, and the San Bernardino National Forest. There were three dozers on the line and two of these had to utilize their safety zones when fire on the south east flank (division Z) burned over their line.

The air tankers were called off of the Grand Prix and reassigned to the Pass Fire in Northwest Riverside County where numerous homes and ranches were threatened in Reche Canyon.

The fire had consumed approximately 1800 acres by nightfall and had burned over some sections of the San Sevaine Truck trail. As darkness fell the winds lessened and changed direction and the progress of the fire was slowing.

The Fire will be turned over to a Type II Incident Management team tomorrow morning.
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