About noon, Thursday, July 21, a wildland fire broke out in Anza. The Pony Fire burnt nearly 35 acres, but was contained by 8:30 p.m, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. The Fire was located near the intersection of Howard Road and Pony Trail.
Although local structures were evacuated, the Incident commander has reported that fire damage was limited to the loss of one un-occupied outbuilding.
When the first engine arrived, the fire was about two acres in heavy fuels. Within an hour the fire was about ten acres and expanded to the current 35 acres by 2:45.
The report indicated 18 engines responded and 174 firefighters were already on site. Air attack and tankers were part of the fire fighting force. By 6:30 p.m., the fire containment was sufficient enough that the night curew was limited to one handcrew and one engine.
This story was updated at 9:15 a.m., July 22