Mountain Fire Update #9 July 21, 2013 6:00 AM
Incident: Mountain Wildfire
FIRE UPDATE #9 July 21, 2013 6:00 A.M.
Current Situation: The anticipated rain and thunderstorms materialized early morning, bringing 1.5 inches of rain as measured at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. With diminished fire activity, firefighters made great progress with line construction particularly along the East side towards Palm Springs. Although conditions were hazardous and some crews were taken off the line due to the severe weather, firefighters continue to fight the fire aggressively where possible. Today’s priority for fire operations is focused at the northernmost part of the fire with crews at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway constructing direct hand line at the fire’s edge to reduce the threat to Idyllwild and surrounding communities.
Changing Weather: Rain is forecasted to continue throughout the day with rain increasing and thunderstorms possibly developing in the afternoon. Thunderstorms could bring strong downdraft winds and lightning. A flash flood watch is in place and firefighters remain alert to the changing weather conditions.
Evacuations: Evacuations were lifted yesterday for the communities of Trails End and Camp Joe Scherman. Apple Canyon, Bonita Vista, Fobes Canyon, and Pine Springs Ranch areas are also open to residents. The Evacuation Warning issued for Pine Cove is still in place. All other Evacuation Orders, including Idyllwild and Fern Valley, are still in place.
Evacuation Centers: Evacuation centers established by the Red Cross (1-888-831-0031) are located at Hemet High School and Hamilton High School. The Beaumont High School evacuation center will be closing at noon today.
Road Closures: Fobes Ranch Road is now open to traffic. State Highway 74 remains open. State Highway 243 is closed from the intersection of State Highway 74 to the Nature Center, south of Pine Cove.
27,245 acres at 49% containment
2,678 personnel including 68 crews, 89 engines, 11 dozers, and 20 helicopters
23 structures have been destroyed, including 7 residences during the first day of the fire
Total cost to date is 19.9 million dollars
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation
The latest fire information can be found on Inciweb at http://inciweb.org/incident/3516