Incident: Mountain Wildfire
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Fire Info Center (909) 383-5688
San Bernardino, Calif., July16, 2013 – Firefighters continue to suppress the Mountain fire that started just west of Highway 243 near Mountain Center at 1:43PM on Monday. The fire has burned approximately 9000 acres and is 10 percent contained, firefighters are continuing to construct fireline and provide structure defense.
Structures have been damaged and destroyed in the Pine Springs Ranch, Bonita Vista, and Keenwild areas. Riverside County Office of Emergency Services assembled a Damage Assessment Team and has determined the extent of property damage and loss.
Bonita Vista – 3 mobile homes, and 3 homes destroyed and 1 home damaged.
Pine Springs Ranch – commercial storage shed, workshop, garage and cabin destroyed.
Keenwild – 1 outbuilding destroyed
11 outbuildings destroyed along with 4-6 vehicles in the fire area.
Mandatory evacuations are in place for residents in the Fleming Ranch, Bonita Vista, Pine Springs Ranch, Andreas Canyon and Camp Ronald McDonald. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from State Highway 74 to Saddle Junction. All connector trails to the PCT are also closed in that area.
California Incident Management Team 3 has assumed command and management of the fire working closely with the US Forest Service, CAL FIRE Riverside Unit, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Agua Caliente Band of Mission Indians.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Quick Fire Facts:Fire Start Date: 07 /15/2013Fire Report Time: 1:43 PMLocation: Mountain Center
Acres: 9000Fire Cause: Under InvestigationFire Fighters Assigned: 2241Fire Engines: 98Fire Crews: 73Fire Dozers: 10
Water Tenders: 6Helicopters: 15Air Tankers: 10Air Attack: 1Road Closures: State Highway 243 between State Highway 74 and Saunders Meadows DriveEvacuations: Fleming Ranch, Bonita Vista, Pine Springs Ranch
Evacuation Center: Hemet High School, Hamilton High School Terrain: steep and ruggedCooperating Agencies: CalFire, Riverside County Fire, Agua Caliente Band of Mission Indians, numerous agencies throughout Southern California, CHP, Caltrans, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office