Come and join our community as we counting down to the Needles Centennial Celebration.

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Needles, CA: Come and join our community as we counting down to the Needles Centennial Celebration.

Events are being held counting down to the Needles Centennial Celebration being held Friday to Sunday, October 4th to 6th, 2013 in Needles, California and the community wants you to come and join us in the celebration.

** Here is a list of upcoming events counting down to the Needles Centennial Celebration: **

– On Thursday, August 1st, 2013: 35th anniversary celebration of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant located at 2420 Needles Highway in Needles, California.

Come and join our community as Wagon Wheel Restaurant celebrates 35th Anniversary of service and great tasty food with a party.

Come in anytime between 8:00am to 5:00pm PT to sign up for free raffle drawing for great prizes.

Special food and drink specials will be offer when you present your Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coin well dinning in at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

The main event will begin at 5:00pm PT which will include a cake cutting, free raffle drawings starting at 5:15pm PT, and champagne and cider toast at 5:30pm PT with the original owners of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

All attendees will receive a 10% discount card for for 6 months.

If you purchase a Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coin for $10.00, you will receive 35% off your next meal at Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

Wagon Wheel Restaurant is located at 2420 Needles Highway just off of Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

For more information, please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050 or the Wagon Wheel Restaurant at: 1 (760) 326-4305.

– On Thursday, August 15th, 2013: Bake Extravaganza inside the lobby area at the Colorado River Medical Center starting at 9:00am PT located at 1401 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

– On Saturday, September 7th, 2013: the Woman’s Club Of Needles will be having a Ice Cream Birthday Party being held at Woman’s Club Of Needles’ Clubhouse located at 305 West Broadway at A Street in Downtown Needles, California.

– On Monday, September 23rd, 2013: Honorees reception event will be held at the Palo Verde College Needles Campus located at 725 West Broadway at E Street in Downtown Needles, California.

– From Monday, September 30th, 2013 to Thursday, October 3rd, 2013: Centennial Film Festival will be held inside the Needles High School Auditorium at Needles High School located at 1600 Washington Street at Park Avenue in Needles, California.

Movie that were filmed in the Needles, California area are reportedly will be shown at the event.

There will be also a “Pay To Get Out” event where bad movies will be played which will be free to get in, but you will have to pay to get out.

Popcorn and soda will be sold at the event.

**** All events are free and open to the public unless stated otherwise. All events are subject to change. More information on these events can also be found on the Needles Centennial Celebration on Facebook. ****

More information at the following Needles Centennial Celebration on Facebook website address:

Please make sure to “Like” and share with your friends the Needles Centennial Celebration on Facebook.

** Shopping Alert!!: **

You can purchase Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coins for $10.00 and Needles Centennial Coffee Mugs for $5.00 each.

Needles Centennial Celebration T-Shirts and Wooden Coins are reportedly coming soon.

You can purchase a Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coins or Needles Centennial Coffee Mugs by emailing to: candles2cool@yahoo.com

** Vendors Wanted!!: **

Make your plans now to be a vendor at our Centennial Celebration on Saturday, October 5th, 2013.

Print out this application and send it in as instructed on form.

The form can be found at the following Needles Centennial Celebration on Facebook website address:

** Come and Join Us In Our Centennial Parade!!: **

Citizens of Needles, California would love to have you join them in their Centennial Parade on Saturday, October 5th, 2013.

Fill out the entry from and return it as indicated on form.

The form can be found at the following Needles Centennial Celebration on Facebook website address:

Great prizes are in store.

** Save the dates, tell a friend, and come join our community as we celebrate the 100th year centennial of the incorporation of Needles, California. **

San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Administrative Monthly Report for June 2013.

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Needles, CA: San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Administrative Monthly Report for June 2013.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Administrative Monthly Report for June 2013 was posted for view during the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013.

According to the June 2013 Administrative Monthly Report, San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to a total of 124 request for assistance.

Division wide, San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to a total of 688 incidents in the South Desert area during June 2013.

Estimated fire lose totaled $1,105,000 dollars and value lose totaled $1,105,000 dollars during June 2013.

** San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the following incidents: **

– Fire: 9

-Rupture / Explosions: 0

– EMS / Rescue : 75

– Hazardous Conditions: 1

– Service Calls: 6

– Good Intent Calls: 31

– False Calls: 0

– Other: 0

** Outside of Needles, California, San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the following incidents: **

– Fires: 5

– Traffic Incidents 7

– Railroad: 2

– Medical Aid: 8

For City of Needles response area year to date, non-fire response were totaled 560, fire responses totaled 28, and alarms totaled 588.

** Significant events includes: **

– San Bernardino County Fire Department Crews preparedness for the 2013 Wildfire Season completed at annual training event.

– Confined Space Awareness Training completed for all crew members.

– Fire loss attributed to semi-truck, passenger vehicle, and railroad car.

Attached to the San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Administrative Monthly Report for June 2013, safety tips dealing with the extreme heat.

Needles City Council approved a $5.00 a day overflow parking fee at Jack Smith Park.

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Needles, CA: Needles City Council approved a $5.00 a day overflow parking fee at Jack Smith Park.

During a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013, members of the Needles City Council Meeting approved a $5.00 a day parking fee for the overflow parking area at Jack Smith Park.

Members of the Needles City council approved Resolution 2013-29 imposing a fee for parking at Jack Smith Park’s additional parking area which would be effective Friday, September 13th, 2013.

The fiscal impact is unknown at this time, according to the agenda item packet, but states that due to the number of patrons who use the overflow additional parking on a daily basis and especially weekend, there is a guaranteed increase in revenue.

The overflow parking area is just to the right of the kiosk entry into Jack Smith Park on River Road and is mainly covered with broken up gravel and small rocks. Part of the far western end of the overflow lot is dirt covered with an exit out onto Santa Fe Road which leads back to River Road.

** Community Comments: **

– What do you think about the new parking fee for the overflow parking at Jack Smith Park?

– What do you think about the current parking fees for parking nearest to the boat launch docks at Jack Smith Park?

**** Please leave your comment here on ZachNews in the comment section.****

** Thank You for Participating. **

Needles City Council approved fare increase for the Needles Area Transit.

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Needles, CA: Needles City Council approved fare increase for the Needles Area Transit.

During a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013, members of the Needles City Council Meeting approved a fare increase for ridership on the Needles Area Transit effective Thursday, August 1st, 2013.

This fare increase is reportedly due to the continued increase in fuel and other operating expenses.

The fare increase will reportedly help in the city maintaining the minimum required 10% fare box ratio for the Needles Area Transit.

The fare increase was discussed with McDonald Transit staff and are were in agreement that the fare increase is necessary at this time.

The last fare increase was reportedly happened in August 2008.

**** Here is the list of the new fare increase prices for Needles Area Transit effective Thursday, August 1st, 2013: ****

– Fixed Route Service; Per each boarding: $1.10

– Fixed Route Service; Senior Over 60 Years Old and Persons With Disabilities; Per each boarding: $1.00

– 30 Punch Card Pass; Per each boarding: $31.50

– Route Deviations Service: $1.60

– Route Deviations Service: Over 60 Years Old and Persons With Disabilities; Per each boarding: $1.50

** This requires presentation of city issued photo identification. **

Members of the Needles City Council added to the motion to approve to have more information be provided back regarding the refusing of pennies as payment and the idea of expanding the bus routes to include River Road.

Some of the members of the Needles City Council where questioning why that pennies are no longer being accepted as payment onto the bus by riders which was brought up during public comments on this agenda item.

Cheryl Sallis brought up the issue of riders not putting in the right amount of fare to aboard the bus.

Some of the members of the Needles City Council said that a pennies are still United States currency and such be accepted.

As for the idea of expanding the bus routes to include stops along River Road, that was brought up during public comment by a resident who would like to see the bus route include stops for those who living along River Road who may not have transportation.

Some think that the expanding the bus routes would bring in more riders as well as bring riders to the River Edge Golf Course, Jack Smith Park, and the Colorado River which currently doesn’t have a bus stop at either the River Edge Golf Course or Jack Smith Park and riders would have to walk to those points of interests.

Both of these items will be discussed and the information will be brought back to the members of the Needles City Council at a future Needles City Council Meeting.

** Community Comments: **

– What do you think about the new fare increase to ride the Needles Area Transit?

– What do you think about pennies not being accepted as payment to ride on a Needles Area Transit bus?

– What do you think about expanding the Needles Area Transit bus route?

**** Please leave your comment here on ZachNews in the comment section.****

** Thank You for Participating. **

New City Manager for the City of Needles?

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Needles, CA: New City Manager for the City of Needles?

During a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013, members of the Needles City Council Meeting announced Rick Daniels to become the new city manager for the City of Needles in Needles, California.

This is subject to final contract provisions which would come back to members of the Needles City Council at a meeting in August 2013.

Rick Daniels met with members of the Needles City Council in executive session before the Needles City Council Meeting where the announcement was made to the public.

This would replace acting the current Needles City Manager seat being held by David Brownlee.

** Here is what we found so far about Rick Daniels: **

– Rick Daniels has reportedly worked for local government for a number of years.

– Rick Daniels worked as a Director of Community Development in Gresham, Oregon, Director of Land Use and Transportation in Washington County, Oregon, and Vice President as well as General Manager of Oregon Waste Systems Inc. and Washington Waste Systems Inc.

– Rick Daniels earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of Oregon in 1974.

– Rick Daniels worked in a variety of city government departments in Portland, Oregon from 1974 to 1979 which included experience in managing planning, economic development, and public works capacities.

– Rick Daniels then served as Director of Community Development in the City of Gresham, Oregon from 1979 to 1980 where he took on many responsibilities which included preparing building and land use regulations to allow for greater economic opportunity in Gresham.

– Rick Daniels then became the Director of Land Use and Transportation in Washington County, Oregon in 1980 where he worked to facilitate as department head of a planning, transportation, and public works agency.

– Rick Daniels accepted a position as the Vice President and General Manager of Oregon in 1987 where he was the department head of a public works agency in a county experiencing rapid growth and led important economic developments for the cities in this county.

– Rick Daniels reportedly chose to take a position as the Vice President and General Manager of Oregon Waste Systems, Inc. and Washington Waste Systems, Inc. in Portland, Oregon, in 1987 where he carried out the duties related to the $40 million Columbia Ridge Landfill in Arlington, Oregon.

– In 1989, Rick Daniels directed a $150 million capital program for Waste Management of North America and served as the Capital Projects Director. He reportedly helped create landfill and recovery facilities in Arizona, California and Nevada.

– Rick Daniels accepted a position as the President and CEO of Mine Reclamation Corporation located in Palm Desert, California and for ten years, dedicated his time and efforts to the help the corporation generate a solid waste landfill for the state of California.

– In 2001, Rick Daniels decided to branch out into his own professional venture, by creating Richard A. Daniels, Inc. This private corporation developed multimillion dollar business plans and helped identify unique business opportunities for private interests and public agencies seeking economic growth. Although he managed his own private company until 2007.

– Rick Daniels also served as the President and CEO of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership from 2004 to 2005.

– Rick Daniels reportedly the City Manager for the community of Desert Hot Springs, California and has been the City Manager since 2007 where he worked to bring about major improvements to the community and cared about the Desert Hot Springs’ appearance, safety, and the well being of its citizens.

** More information on Rick Daniels can be found at the following website addresses: **

http://rickdanielscitymanager.com/

http://www.cityofdhs.org/City_Manager

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rick-daniels/10/bb2/650

http://rickdaniels.org/

– In 2010, according to a news story report from ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3, Rick Daniels was reportedly placed on medical leave after announcing he was entering a rehab facility to deal with alcoholism.

** More information regarding this news story is at the following ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3 website address: **

http://www.kesq.com/Desert-Hot-Springs-City-Manager-To-Enter-Rehab/-/233230/496588/-/131ay3o/-/index.html

– In 2010, according to a news story report from ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3, Rick Daniels would later return to work after seeking treatment for alcoholism.

** More information regarding this news story is at the following ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3 website address: **

http://www.kesq.com/Embattled-City-Manager-Returns-To-Work/-/233230/495620/-/41lyx5z/-/index.html

– On Tuesday, June 25th, 2013, according to a news story report from The Desert Sun, Rick Daniels reportedly accused 2 City Council members of creating a “hostile” work environment through what he called “bullying and abhorrent behavior.”

** More information regarding this news story is at the following The Desert Sun website address: **

http://www.mydesert.com/article/20130625/NEWS01/306250007/Rick-Daniels-accuses-Desert-Hot-Springs-councilmen-bullying

– Just recently, according to a news story report from ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3 talking about the Desert Hot Springs City Manager Rick Daniels looking for a new job, ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3 reports that an outside attorney is investigating claims from Rick Daniels that city council members Russell Betts and Adam Sanchez are “bullying” him.

The investigation is reportedly costing the City of Desert Hot Springs nearly $80,000.

** More information regarding this news story is at the following ABC affiliate KESQ Channel 3 website address: **

http://www.kesq.com/kesq/dhs-city-manager-finalist-for-county-job-in-oregon/-/232254/20965918/-/msbn4u/-/index.html

More to come regarding this news story here on ZachNews.

** Community Comments: **

– What do you want to see done in the community from a new city manager of the City of Needles?

**** Please leave your comment here on ZachNews in the comment section.****

** Thank You for Participating. **

Needles, California Weather and Traffic:

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Needles, California Weather and Traffic:

Good Morning Everybody!! Hope you are having a great start to your morning.

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** Needles, California Weather: **

– Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, High 110*F. East northeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west in the morning.

– Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, Low 89*F. South wind 6 to 11 mph.

– Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, High 111*F. East wind 7 to 14 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

– Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, Low 87*F. South wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light southeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

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More weather information and weather radars are on the National Weather Service website at: http://www.weather.gov/

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** Needles, California Traffic: **

– Downtown Needles, California:

**** The streets around the old El Garces Hotel remain closed even pass the reopening date of Monday, July 8th, 2013 on H Street at Front Street, Front Street from I Street to G Street, G Street at Front Street, and westbound Front Street from E Street to F Street will be closed due to construction near the El Garces Hotel. The delay may be related to the finding and removal of a tanker under Santa Fe Park. Reopening date of those streets remain unknow, but can be within the next few days or weeks. ****

– Near Needles, California:

According to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) website, mill and overlay the existing asphalt is being done and is being done in and near Needles, California on Interstate 40 from Buzzard Wash to the California State Line. The construction project began on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 and estimate completion date is set for Monday, May 19th, 2014.

More information regarding the road work along Interstate 40 at the following California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) website address:

http://dot.ca.gov/hq/construc/consMap/consproject1.php?DISTEA=080K2604

Wagon Wheel Restaurant’s 35th Anniversary Party this Thursday.

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Needles, CA: Wagon Wheel Restaurant’s 35th Anniversary Party this Thursday.

Come and join our community as Wagon Wheel Restaurant celebrates 35th Anniversary of service and great tasty food with a party being held on Thursday, August 1st, 2013 in Needles, California.

Come in anytime between 8:00am to 5:00pm PT to sign up for free raffle drawing for great prizes.

Special food and drink specials will be offer when you present your Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coin well dinning in at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

The main event will begin at 5:00pm PT which will include a cake cutting, free raffle drawings starting at 5:15pm PT, and champagne and cider toast at 5:30pm PT with the original owners of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

All attendees will receive a 10% discount card for for 6 months.

If you purchase a Needles Centennial Celebration Commemorative Coin for $10.00, you will receive 35% off your next meal at Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

Wagon Wheel Restaurant is located at 2420 Needles Highway just off of Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

For more information, please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050 or the Wagon Wheel Restaurant at: 1 (760) 326-4305.

This event is part of the “Road To The Centennial” celebration happening Friday to Sunday, October 4th to 6th, 2013 in Needles, California.

More information regarding the Needles Centennial Celebration Facebook Page at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Needles-Centennial-Celebration/326894890746195

Hello ZachNews Followers and Fans:

Hello ZachNews Followers and Fans; for more then a week, ZachNews has been down and was unable to repair the problem. ZachNews is temporary back on now.

It has been a very stressful with in trying to get back online again because with very limited funding, I can only buy the equipment I can afford or try other means to get back online.

ZachNews has been funded independently by myself for close to 3 years now and not funded no other source. A lot of my covering of the news in Needles, California is by walking to or running to those news stories.

ZachNews has gone so far that I never even guest it would last this long what I started 3 years ago this August. When people tell me that they follow ZachNews because it’s a new source for news and for information, that brings me joy and energy to continue doing ZachNews.

ZachNews is and will still be here reporting for the people no matter what and will not go away.

I will be making some changes and updates because of being off line for more then a week. News stories from today on will be reported.

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Needles, California Weather and Traffic:

Needles, California Weather and Traffic:

Good Morning Everybody!! Hope you are having a great start to your morning.

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** Needles, California Weather: **

– Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, High 110*F. South wind around 9 mph.

– Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, Low 86*F. South wind 9 to 11 mph.

– Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11:00am PT. Partly sunny and hot, High 107*F. South wind 8 to 11 mph.

– Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, Low 87*F. South southwest wind 6 to 13 mph.

– Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11:00am PT. Partly sunny, High 101*F. South wind around 10 mph.

– Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11:00pm PT. Mostly cloudy, Low 85*F.

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More weather information and weather radars are on the National Weather Service website at: http://www.weather.gov/

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** Needles, California Traffic: **

– Downtown Needles, California:

**** The streets around the old El Garces Hotel remain closed evenn pass the reopening date of Monday, July 8th, 2013 on H Street at Front Street, Front Street from I Street to G Street, G Street at Front Street, and westbound Front Street from E Street to F Street will be closed due to construction near the El Garces Hotel. The delay may be related to the finding and removal of a tanker under Santa Fe Park. Reopening date of those streets remain unknow, but can be within the next few days or weeks. ****

– Near Needles, California:

According to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) website, mill and overlay the existing asphalt is being done and is being done in and near Needles, California on Interstate 40 from Buzzard Wash to the California State Line. The construction project began on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 and estimate completion date is set for Monday, May 19th, 2014.

More information regarding the road work along Interstate 40 at the following California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) website address:

http://dot.ca.gov/hq/construc/consMap/consproject1.php?DISTEA=080K2604

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News Update!!: Idyllwild, CA: Wildfire near Idyllwild, California continues to burn Friday.

News Update!!: Idyllwild, CA: Wildfire near Idyllwild, California continues to burn Friday.

A wildfire name, “Mountain Fire” continues to burned 24, 818 acres with only 15 percent contained overnight Thursday in the mountains near Idyllwild, California issuing more evacuations and thousands of people to leave their community.

**** Latest News Regarding The Wildfire: ****

– Thursday afternoon, Riverside County has declared a State of Emergency due the the Mountain Fire near near Idyllwild, California.

– Evacuation Notices remain in effect and over 6,000 people have been evacuated due to the wildfire.

– The wildfire has destroyed at least 23 structures and threatens 4,100 residences and 100 commercial properties.

– The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Mount San Jacinto State Park are currently closed because of unhealthy air quality due the the wildfire.

– Smoke from the wildfire can be seen for miles all around the wildfire.

– The wildfire can be seen and ash was reported falling in Palm Springs, California.

– Thursday evening, residents have been allowed to return to the Apple Canyon and Bonita Vista areas as the threat to that area has diminished.

– During a Thursday afternoon news conference, authorities are saying that the wildfire was human caused, but do not know any specifics about what caused the wildfire. The cause of the wildfire remains under investigation to find out if this wildfire is caused accidentally or on purpose.

** Wildfire Started: **

The wildfire was reported at 1:43pm PT on Monday, July 15th, 2013 near the junction of Highway 243 and Highway 74 near Idyllwild, California.

**** Wildfire Acres and Percent Containment Information: ****

The wildfire has burned 22,800 acres and is at 15 percent contained as of 11:00pm PT on Thursday night.

The fire is 2 to 3 miles from Idyllwild, California and reportedly 2 miles from Palm Springs, California, but the city is not in any danger at this moment.

**** Assisting With Battling The Wildfire: ****

About 3,316 firefighters, 263 fire department trucks, 19 helicopters, 10 fixed wing aircraft including a DC-10, 53 hand crews, 30 water tenders, and 11 dozers.

Cooperating agencies assisting to battle the wildfire are the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, CAL FIRE, California Department of Corrections, California Department of Transportation, California Highway Patrol, Hemet Fire Department, Idyllwild Fire Protection District, Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Office of Emergency Services, Riverside County Sheriff Department, and San Bernardino National Forest.

Firefighters continue to fight the wildfire on the ground and with helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

Additional crews are improving contingency lines west of the fire where they may be afforded the opportunity to stop the fires advance.

The highest priority is to protect the lives of citizens in the immediate area of the blaze.

Tonight, firefighters plan to take advantage of cooler temperatures by continuing to strengthen and build upon containment lines. 

**** Condition of the wildfire and area around the wildfire: ****

The Mountain Fire is currently burning east of the Mountain Center and Apple Canyon Areas. It is burning in very steep and rugged terrain in the southern portion of the San Jacinto Wilderness along the Desert Divide and in the Apple Canyon and Bonita Vista Areas.

Wednesday night, the wildfire settled down enough to allow fire crews to attack the south flank of the fire directly.

On the north flank, crews made extraordinary effort building line in steep terrain toward South Peak.

The night shift did a great job last night.

The weather Thursday remains hot and dry and the high level winds are coming out of the east. This change in wind direction aloft will be demonstrated by the top of smoke columns bending to the west.

The most active parts of the fire are near Red Tahquitz Peak above the community of Idyllwild, California and near the community of Trails End to the south.

These 2 areas will be the focus of today’s firefighting activities as both air and ground crews work to slow the rate of spread of the fire.

Structure protection contingency plans are being updated in all evacuated communities.

On the east side of the wildfire, the fire continues to slowly back down the mountain as fuels become more sparse at lower elevations.

**** Mandatory Evacuation: ****

– Late Wednesday night on July 17th, 2013, The Riverside County Sheriff in cooperation with Idyllwild Fire Protection District has issued an evacuation notice for the Idyllwild and Fern Valley area. This does not include Pine Cove, Mountain Center, and Poppet Flats. This evacuation notice also includes the San Jacinto State Park Wilderness, Forest Service Wilderness and Forest Service Campgrounds. The Trails End Community at the very top of Morris Ranch Road is under an Evacuation Notice!

– Mandatory evacuation orders are still in effect for the Andreas Canyon Club, south of Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, for Bonita Vista, Pine Springs, and the Zen Mountain Center off of Apple Canyon Road, and Trails End at the North end of Morris Ranch Road.

– Camp Ronald McDonald and Camp Joe Sherman have been voluntarily evacuated due to health concerns related to air quality.

**** Evacuation Routes: ****

Highway 74 to Hemet, California.
Highway 243 to Banning, California.

Highway 74 south to Anza, Palm Desert.

**** Emergency Evacuation Shelters: ****

The American Red Cross has opened several emergency shelter because of the wildfire.

The American Red Cross evacuation centers (888-831-0031) have been welcoming residents, visitors, and others in evacuated areas

** The following is a list of several emergency shelter: **

– Hemet High School located at 41701 East Stetson Avenue in Hemet, California.

– Hamilton High School located at 57430 Mitchell Road in Anza, California. Small animals welcome.

– San Jacinto Animal Shelter located at 581 South Grand Avenue in San Jacinto, California. Small animals welcome.

– Lake Hemet Campground located at 56570 Highway 74 in Mountain Center, California. A large and small animal shelter.

**** Wildfire Damages: ****

At least 23 structures have been destroyed by the wildfire.

** The wildfire has damaged or destroyed the following: **

– In the Bonita Vista area: a 3 mobile homes and 3 residences were destroyed, a residence sustained damage.

– In the Pine Springs area: a commercial building, a workshop, garage, and cabin were destroyed.

– In the Zen Mountain Center area: No damages.

In addition to the above list of residences, there were a total of 11 outbuildings and between 4 to 6 vehicles destroyed.

It is important to note that while homes and buildings were destroyed or damaged, firefighters were able to defend and save a larger number of homes.

** It is always important to remind homeowners that homes and building with proper clearances and fuels abatements always give firefighters better opportunities to successfully defend and save those homes, especially when defending those homes in the face of an advancing fire front. **

** Cost of the wildfire: **

Total cost to date of the wildfire is at $5.5 million dollars.

**** Donation and Volunteer Information: ****

– American Red Cross:

www.redcross.org/donate

**** Wildfire Contact Information: ****

– The latest and updated information can be found by calling the following contact:

1 (909) 383-5688

The American Red Cross in Riverside, California:

1 (888) 831-0031

– The latest and updated information can be found on the following the Inciweb website address:

http://inciweb.org/incident/3516/

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** Traffic Alert!!: Road, Highways, and Interstate Closures Due To Wildfire: **

– Closures have been lifted for Highway 74. Please be advised that fire crews and apparatus will still be working in the area; proceed with care for their safety and yours.

– Highway 243 is under a hard closure south of Pine Cove at the Nature Center to the junction of Highway 74.

– There are no longer road restrictions from Banning, California into Pine Cove, California.

**** Traffic Alert!!: Mountain Trail Closures Due To Wildfire: ****

– The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Highway 74 north to Saddle Junction.

– All of the trails connection to the Pacific Crest Trail are closed as well, including South Ridge Trail, Carumba Trail, Spitler Peak Trail, Fobes Trail, and Cedar Springs.

– Hurkey Creek County Camground, and all of the hiking and mountain biking trails out of Hurkey creek and May Valley are closed.

– Individuals or groups with overnight or advance day-use permits into the San Jacinto Wilderness are advised to call the San Jacinto Ranger Station at: 1 (909) 382-2921.

– United States Forest Service areas south of Highway 74 remain open (Thomas Mountain, Santa Rosa and the Forest Service Day Use Area along Lake Hemet).

– Visitors should remain cautions when driving; Air quality is not good in some of these areas.

** Weather from the National Weather Service near the wildfire area: **

– Friday: slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11:00am PT. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, High 91*F. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

– Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11:00pm PT. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, Low 60*F. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the evening.

– Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11:00am PT. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, High 87*F. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

– Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11:00pm PT. Mostly cloudy, Low 59*F. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

** More weather information for the Idyllwild, California area is at the following National Weather Service website address: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=33.74&lon=-116.72#.UegPVuPX2_d

** Weather rader for the Idyllwild, California area is at the following National Weather Service website address: **

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=SOX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

** Our thoughts go out to everybody effected by the Mountain Fire. May we all continue to help each other during this disaster. Stay strong firefighters and everybody who is helping to battle the wildfire for protecting people’s lives and their communities. **

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