News Update!!: Idyllwild, CA: A wildfire near Idyllwild, California burns larger issuing more evacuations.
A wildfire name, “Mountain Fire” continues to burns larger overnight Wednesday in the mountains near Idyllwild, California issuing more evacuations.
**** News Alert!!: ****
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 immediate Evacuation Notice!
**** Idyllwild and Fern Valley is under an evacuation order, please View the following website address for more information: ****
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.
The wildfire has burned 22,800 acres and is at 15 percent contained as of 7:25am PT on Thursday morning.
About 2985 firefighters, 228 fire department trucks, 17 helicopters, 10 fixed wing aircraft including a DC-10, 51 hand crews, 21 water tenders, and 15 dozers.
A Type 1 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire at around 6:00pm PT on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013.
According to the United States Forest Service Officials, the wildfire was currently burning east of the Mountain Center and Apple Canyon Areas.
The wildfires 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.
The cause of the wildfire is under investigation.
**** Wildfire Damages: ****
A damage assessment has been completed for the Bonita Vista, Pine Springs and Zen Mountain Center areas.
** 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. **
**** Mandatory Evacuation: ****
– Idyllwild and Fern Valley is under an evacuation order, please View the following website address for more information:
– 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.
**** Emergency Evacuation Shelters: ****
– The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Hemet High School located at 41701 East Stetson Avenue in Hemet, California.
– The American Red Cross has also opened a shelter at Hamilton High School located at 57430 Mitchell Road in Anza, California which can accept small animals.
– Small animals can be brought to the SanJacinto Animal Shelter located at 581 South Grand Avenue in San Jacinto, California.
– A large and small animal shelter has been opened at Lake Hemet Campground located at 56570 Highway 74 in Mountain Center, California.
** Wildfire Contact Information: **
– 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.
** Traffic Alert!!: Wildfire Road, Highways, and Interstate Closures: **
– Highway 243 is under a soft closure from Banning South to Mountain Center.
– Highway 74 is under a soft closure from the Cranston Fire Station near Valle Vista east to the junction with Highway 371.
– A soft closure is in place to allow residents access to gather items from thei homes or properties.
– 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 including South Ridge Trail, Carumba Trail, Spitler Peak Trail, Fobes Trail, and Cedar Springs.
– All Forest Service Campgrounds located along Highway 243 are closed,
The San Jacinto State Park is closed, and the San Jacinto Wilderness is closed.
– Hurkey Creek County Camground, and all of the hiking and mountain biking trails out of Hurkey creek and May Valley are closed.
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