The Windy Point fire started early Saturday evening west of the Palm Springs Tramway under high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds. The fire quickly grew to over 500 acres until firefighters gained the upper hand, often working in steep, rocky terrain.
During the course of the firefight, popular State Highway 111 was closed in both directions until firefighters could assure the flames, smoke and fire crews alongside the highway were no longer a threat to the motoring public.
The fire was declared 100% contained at 6:00 p.m. on Monday September 23, 2011. Fire officials expect full control later this week as firefighters continue to patrol and extinguish hot spots within the fire perimeter.
At no time were structures, damaged, destroyed or threatened.
|Date of Origin||Saturday September 24th, 2011 approx. 06:53 PM|
|Location||West of Palm Springs|
|Incident Commander||Freddie Espinoza|
|Estimated Containment Date||Monday September 26th, 2011 approx. 06:00 PM|
Mimimal fire activity overnight. No increase in size is expected. Crews will be patrolling the fire's edge for any hot spots.
Hwy 111 was closed earlier, but has been re-opened in both directions. There have been no injuries despite the difficult working environment
Mop up hot spots. Patrol fire perimeter. Avation is available for any flare-ups.
|Wind Conditions||20 mph W|