Initial Fire News Release
Incident: Mountain Wildfire
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Mountain Fire Burns in San Jacinto Mountains
San Bernardino, Calif., July16, 2013 – Firefighters quickly responded to the report of a wildfire along State Highway 243 near Mountain Center at 1:43PM on Monday. Upon arrival, firefighters began battling a fast moving fire that was burning on both sides of the highway and quickly spreading east. Firefighters continued to fight the fire throughout the evening on the ground and from the air, utilizing a US Forest Service night-flying helicopter and night-flying Air Attack aircraft.
The fire has burned approximately 4700 acres and is 10 percent contained, firefighters are continuing to construct fireline and structure defense.
Structures have been damaged and destroyed in the Pine Springs Ranch area in Apple Canyon. Riverside County Office of Emergency Services has assembled a Damage Assessment Team to determine the extent of property damage and loss.
Mandatory evacuations are in place for residents in the Fleming Ranch, Bonita Vista and Pine Springs Ranch. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from State Highway 74 to Saddle Junction. All connector trails to the PCT are also closed in that area.
The fire is being managed under unified command by the US Forest Service, CAL FIRE Riverside Unit and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.