Mountain Fire Update #11 July 22, 2013 6:00 AM
Incident: Mountain Wildfire
FIRE UPDATE #11 July 22, 2013 6:00 A.M.
Current Situation: Yesterday, significant rainfall occurred over the fire area which reduced fire intensity. Today, the National Weather Service has forecasted thunderstorms with the potential for flash flooding and debris flows, and as a result, crews will not work in some areas of the fire. Firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the fire perimeter to guard against any potential escape. When conditions permit, crews will continue to construct direct line, mop up and patrol, and engage in suppression repair. Firefighters and Resource Specialists are currently evaluating the burned areas, to determine the extent of damage to the Forest caused by the fire and suppression operations. Significant demobilization has started and a plan for turning the incident back to local management is being developed. The expected containment date is Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Changing Weather: Today, thunderstorms with frequent lightning, heavy rain and wind gusts up to 50 MPH are forecasted. These storms may cause flash flooding and mud slides. Firefighting operations will be adjusted to provide for firefighter safety.
Evacuations: Evacuation Orders for the communities of Idyllwild and Fern Valley have been lifted. Visitors are welcomed back to these communities. All other evacuations have been lifted. The public safety officials want to thank mountain community residents for your orderly evacuation during the firefight to keep the fire from spreading into Idyllwild and Pine Cove.
Closures: Idyllwild businesses and Lake Hemet Campground are open. The Mt. San Jacinto Tram will be open tomorrow; July 23rd. State Highway 243 and State Highway 74 are both open. The San Bernardino National Forest Closure Orders 13-8 and 13-9 remain in effect. The Pacific Crest Trail as well as connecting trails will remain closed. Humber Park is still closed.
27,265 acres at 68% containment
15 miles of fireline still to be constructed
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