Mountain Fire Is Now 92% Contained
Incident: Mountain Wildfire
Fire crews continue to improve fireline and are extinguishing hot areas close to the fire’s edge. Residents and visitors may still see smoke towards the north end of the fire, due to the heavy fuels within the perimeter of the fire.
A Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) is now conducting a rapid assessment of the fire area. The BAER team will assess the fire damage and determine if immediate actions are necessary. Actions may include work to help stabilize soil; control water, sediment and debris movement; prevent impairment of ecosystems; mitigate significant threats to health, safety, life property and downstream values at risk.
The San Bernardino National Forest has assumed command of the fire from California Incident Management Team 3 and continues to work closely with all the local agencies in the Idyllwild and Palm Springs area.
Weather: Sunny today, highs from 73 to 100 degrees with humidity ranging from 11 to 20%. The wind will come from the Southeast to Southwest at 5 to 10 miles per hour. Thursday night, the weather forecast shifts to cloudy with a 20% chance of thunderstorms with heavy rain up to inch.
Closures: San Bernardino National Forest Closure orders 13-8, and 13-9, remain in effect for the San Jacinto Ranger District. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed and the associated connecting trails. Humber Park is still closed. Mt San Jacinto State Park is closed in all areas except for Idyllwild State Campground and Stone Creek Camp Grounds.
Open: Idyllwild and Pine Cove businesses are open. Lake Hemet store and campground is open. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is open. All areas west of State Hwy 243 and 74 are open to recreate.
Quick Fire Facts
Fire Start Date: July 15, 2013, Fire Report Time: 1:43 pm, Location: East of Idyllwild, north of Garner Valley in Riverside County, Acres: 27,531, Containment: 92%, Expected Full Containment Friday July 26. 2013, Fire Cause: Under Investigation by CAL FIRE Riverside Unit
Firefighting Resources Currently Assigned to the Incident: Fire Fighters Assigned: 146, Fire Engines: 5, Fire Crews: 6, Helicopters: 3, Air Tankers: 0, Air Attack: 0, Dozers: 1, Water Tenders: 0
Total Cost to date: $25.2 million, 23 Structures Destroyed including 7 residences, Evacuations: None