Mountain Fire Update #6 July 19, 2013 6:00pm
Incident: Mountain Wildfire
FIRE UPDATE #6 July 19, 2013 6:00 P.M.
Today, weather and fire behavior forecasts predicted that the fire would continue to burn aggressively and would generate significant a smoke column high into the atmosphere. Smoke columns of this nature have the ability to create thunderstorms, which generate lightning and erratic winds. Fortunately, the thunderstorm did not materialize, and firefighters were able to construct fireline along the ridgeline east of the Idyllwild and Pine Cove communities.
Along the southeast corner of the fire, crews made excellent progress in containing the backing fire near Trails End, on Morris Ranch Road in Garner Valley.
Tonight, moisture is projected to move across the area from the East/Southeast with an increase in cloud cover through Saturday morning. Firefighters will focus their efforts overnight on constructing additional containment lines on the southern flank of the fire.
All evacuation warnings and orders are based on the collective decisions of the Unified Incident Commanders and the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce.
An Evacuation Warning was issued for the community of Pine Cove (est. population of 770) just before noon.
The remaining Evacuation Orders, including Idyllwild and Fern Valley, are still in place.
State Highway 74 is open to all traffic.
State Highway 243 remains closed from the intersection of State Highway 74 to the Idyllwild Nature Center, south of Pine Cove.
27,179 acres at 15% containment
3,478 personnel including 68 crews, 260 engines, 15 dozers, and 20 helicopters
23 structures have been destroyed by fire including 7 residences during the first day of the fire
Total cost to date is 10.9 million dollars