Incident Update Sheet

Riverside County Fire Department in cooperation with CAL FIRE

Incident Information


Incident Address: Near Dinah Shore Drive and Pacific Avenue

Community: Palm Desert

Loss: 0

Saved: 0


Incident Type: Train Fire

Incident Number: CA-RRU-135709

Date/Time Reported: 10/1/2021 5:30:00 AM

Est. Containment Date/Time: 10/1/2021 9:30:00 AM

Est. Control Date/Time:

Evacuations: No

Evacuation Comments:

Current Situation

(Recent updates are posted at the top of the Current Situation)

UPDATE 10/01/2021 at 5:02 PM - The incident has been transitioned to Union Pacific Railroad. Please direct all inquires to them.

UPDATE 10/01/2021 at 4:45 PM - Riverside County Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team successfully made entry into the container. Once inside they were to able to confirm that the fire was contained to the flooring of the container. All contents were intact. The hazard has been mitigated. Crews are currently in the process of cleaning up and will clear the scene shortly.

UPDATE 10/01/2021 at 4:15 PM - Riverside County Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team is on scene and making entry into the container. Both directions of I-10 is completely closed between Cook Street and Monterey Avenue.

UPDATE 10/01/2021 at 3:00 PM - The container is carrying hazardous materials that consist of 25 pounds of lithium batteries, consumer drills, cell phones, 28 standard car batteries and 11 airbag deploy gas cylinders. Two victims were transported by ground ambulance to area hospitals with critical burn injuries. A Public Information Officer is on scene. Firefighters are on scene of an exterior fire on a container of a train near Dinah Shore Drive and Pacific Avenue in Palm Desert. Eastbound I-10 is closed between Cook Street and Monterey Avenue. Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) has stopped all railroad traffic in the area.

Resources Assigned
Firefighters: 50
Helicopters: 0
Engine Companies: 10
Air Tankers: 0
Overhead Personnel: 1
Fire Crews: 0
Air Attack: No
Law Enforcement: Yes
Ambulance Ground: 1
Ambulance Air: 0
Truck Companies: 1
Water Tenders: 4
RVC Medic: 2
Utilities: Yes
American Red Cross: No
Fire Investigator: Yes
Public Information Officer: Yes
Displaced Persons: No
Specialized Equipment: Breathing Support Unit, Riverside County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team
Cooperating Agencies

CAL FIRE/Riverside, California Highway Patrol (CHP), Palm Springs FD, Riverside County Environmental Health, Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Emergency Management Department, Union Pacific Railroad,

Prepared By: April Newman
Updated: 10/26/2021 8:03:29 AM
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