Mountain Fire Update #12 July 22, 2013 6:00 PM
Incident: Mountain Wildfire
FIRE UPDATE #12 July 22, 2013 6:00 P.M.
Current Situation: Today significant rainfall occurred over the fire area which reduced fire intensity. There was no growth in the size of the fire. The change in acreage is due to more accurate infrared mapping. The National Weather Service has forecasted thunderstorms with the potential for flash flooding and debris flows through 9:00 p.m. tonight. As a result, crews will not work in the fire area tonight. Firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the fire perimeter tomorrow to guard against any potential escape. As conditions permit, crews will continue to construct direct line, mop up, patrol and perform fireline suppression repair. Firefighters and Resource Specialists are evaluating the burned areas to determine the extent of damage caused by the fire and suppression operations. Significant demobilization has started and a plan for turning the incident back to the San Bernardino National Forest is being developed. The expected containment date is Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Changing Weather: Tonight, thunderstorms with lightning, heavy rain and wind gusts up to 50 MPH are possible through the early evening. These storms may cause flash flooding and mud slides. Firefighting operations will be adjusted to provide for firefighter safety.
Evacuations: All Evacuation Orders for communities around the fire area have been lifted. Visitors are welcomed back to these communities. The public safety officials want to thank mountain community residents for your orderly evacuations during the firefight to keep the fire from spreading into Idyllwild and Pine Cove.
The Riverside County Fire Department has placed an Evacuation Warning for residents to voluntarily evacuate the area of Apple Canyon Road North of Bonita Vista Road due to the potential for flash flooding and debris flows.
Closures: Idyllwild businesses and Lake Hemet Campground are open. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway 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. Idyllwild and Stone Creek State Parks have reopened. Humber Park is still closed.
27,332 acres at 85% containment
10 miles of fireline still to be constructed
1,146 personnel including 33 crews, 24 engines, 2 dozers, and 6 helicopters
23 structures have been destroyed, including 7 residences during the first day of the fire
Total cost to date is 21.6 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