Mountain Fire Update #10 July 21, 2013 6:00 PM
Incident: Mountain Wildfire
FIRE UPDATE #10 July 21, 2013 6:00 P.M.
Current Situation: Today, significant rainfall occurred over the fire area. Thunderstorms developed over parts of the fire, causing erratic winds and strong downdrafts. Hazards remain in burned areas due to flash flooding and mudslides. Firefighters and Resource Specialists are currently evaluating the burned areas, to determine the extent of damage to the forest.
Changing Weather: The threat of thunderstorms and flash flooding will continue tonight. Due to severe weather conditions, firefighters will patrol the fire monitoring hotspots and flare-ups.
Evacuations: Evacuation Orders for the communities of Idyllwild and Fern Valley have been lifted. Visitors are welcome back to these communities after 11PM. Residents and business owners are permitted to return at any time with a valid permit. Permits are available with a valid photo I.D. or proof of residence (such as a utility bill or proof of employment) at the following locations: Lake Hemet Market – 56571 State Highway 74, Mountain Center; Cranston Forest Service Station #54 - State Highway 74 and Rouse Hill Truck Trail, Hemet; intersection of State Highway 243 and Old Idyllwild Road, Banning. Special requests for permits will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
The evacuation warning for Pine Cove has also been lifted. All other evacuations have been lifted.
Closures: State Highway 243 is open to residents and business owners of the Idyllwild and Fern Valley communities. State Highway 243 will remain closed to the general public from the intersection of State Highway 74 to the Nature Center, south of Pine Cove, until 11PM. Fobes Ranch Road is open to traffic. State Highway 74 remains open. The San Bernardino National Forest Closure Orders 13-8 and 13-9 remain in effect north of State Highway 74 and east of State Highway 243. Humber Park is still closed.
27,279 acres at 68% containment
1,861 personnel including 57 crews, 87 engines, 2 dozers, and 13 helicopters
23 structures have been destroyed, including 7 residences during the first day of the fire
Total cost to date is 20.1 million dollars
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation
The latest fire information can be found on Inciweb at http://inciweb.org/incident/3516