Friday, August 10, 2012

Fire at the California Institution for Men (CIM) is contained to field

Chino – There is currently no threat to the surrounding community, inmates or structures from a field fire that was spotted at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 on the grounds of the California Institution for Men.  No injuries have been reported.

The field fire is located and contained to the southeast portion of the institution’s grounds.  Emergency personnel from Chino Hills Fire, Chino Valley Fire, Cal Fire and CIM Fire are on scene. 
The field fire is currently 60% contained. It has consumed approximately 25-30 acres.

When the fire was discovered, CIM was immediately placed on lockdown.  All CIM inmates are accounted for. The institution will remain on lockdown pending investigation into the cause of the fire.  Preliminary findings point to mechanical malfunctions of an institution vehicle driving near dry vegetation.

California Institution for Men, which opened in 1941, serves as a Reception Center for newly committed male felons from several Southern California counties and General Population Institution.  The Reception Center completes diagnostic tests, medical and mental health screening, and literary assessments for classification in order to determine inmates’ appropriate institutional placement. The General Population inmates are currently housed at Facility A, C, and D.  CIM currently houses 4918 inmates and employs approximately 1,900 staff.


For Immediate Release                
August 10, 2012  
Contact:Dirk Williams, Lt.
(909) 606-7068