Update #2 - Idyllwild Evacuation Notice
Incident: Mountain Wildfire
FIRE UPDATE #2
July 17, 2013 6:00 P.M.
The Mountain Fire is now under Unified Command between the San Bernardino National Forest and CAL Fire Riverside Unit. Rapid movement of the Mountain Fire today toward Trails End in the south and Tahquitz Peak in the north prompted the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce (MAST) to order an evacuation of Trails End, Idyllwild, and Fern Valley communities. 4,100 residences and 100 commercial properties are currently threatened by the fire. Details of the Evacuation Order are posted on Inciweb. Despite the movement of the fire in the more remote portions of the perimeter, a lot of good work was accomplished to secure the parts of the perimeter closest to Mountain Center. Contingency lines have been constructed and improved between the fire and the evacuated communities. Tonight’s operations will improve and mop-up existing containment lines and preparations for firing operations, should favorable circumstances allow for a safe and successful operation. Smoke generated by the fire continues to impact Palm Springs and Coachella Valley. Night operations are supported by a night flying helicopter and an Air Attack. The Air Attack is a specially trained and experienced firefighter in a small fixed wing aircraft the helps coordinate air operations with ground fire fighters. Protecting the community of Idyllwild, Hemet Lake area and Palm Springs remain a high priority and will be the focus of firefighting efforts as weather conditions continue to change.
Steep terrain, congested winding highways, and hot and dry weather continue to confront firefighters making their safety the highest priority for each individual assigned to the Mountain Fire. After the evacuations are accomplished, State Highway 243 and portions of State Highway 74 between the Pepper Trees and the intersection with State Highway 371 will be open to local residents only. Residents are reminded to be alert to the movement of fire equipment particularly around 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. during firefighter shift changes.
Fire Facts: 19,400 acres at 15% containment
2,985 personnel including 51 crews, 228 engines, 15 dozers and 17 helicopters
23 structures have been destroyed by fire including 7 residences during the first day of the fire.
Total cost to date is 4.5 Million dollars
The latest fire information can be found on the Inciweb at http://inciweb.org/incident/3516/