Fire Burns Near Palm Springs Tramway
Incident: Tram Wildfire
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San Bernardino, Calif., August 7, 2013 – The Tram fire started Tuesday afternoon just northeast of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Valley Station in the San Jacinto Mountains. The fire started near the upper parking lot of the tram and quickly ran uphill to the top of ridgeline. The fire was stopped at 60 acres and currently 20% contained.
Initially air tankers dropped fire retardant to slow the spread of the fire Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters on the ground were able to stop the fire from spreading towards the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway facility located 100 yards to the south, while water dropping helicopters continued to drop water on the burning vegetation within the fire perimeter. Overnight, firefighters placed the fire into a monitoring mode, due to safety concerns with the almost vertical terrain.
The terrain on the north side of the San Jacinto Mountains is among the steepest, rockiest areas on the San Bernardino National Forest. With the extreme terrain and temperatures over one hundred degrees and low relative humidity, firefighting can be very difficult, and the upmost care must be applied to assure firefighter safety at all times.
On Wednesday, firefighters will continue to monitor fire conditions and utilize firefighting helicopters as needed. Fire officials plan to declare the fire fully contained later in the evening if fire control efforts are successful.
The fire was managed under a unified command between the City of the Palm Springs Fire Department and the San Bernardino National Forest until 7PM Tuesday night. The City of Palm Springs Fire Department is heading up the investigation into the cause of the fire. The Bureau of Land Management, CAL Fire Riverside Unit assisted the Forest Service and Palm Springs during the firefight.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was closed Tuesday due to the fire, and re-opened Wednesday morning. For updates and information on the Tramway please call 760-325-1391 or visit their website at: http://pstramway.com/