Mountain Fire Update #13 July 23, 2013 6:00 AM
Incident: Mountain Wildfire
FIRE UPDATE #13 July 22, 2013 6:00 A.M.
Current Situation: Yesterdays rainfall over the fire area helped keep the fire perimeter stable. There was no growth in the size of the fire. The National Weather Service has forecasted a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms over the burn area today with a brief drying trend over the next two days. As the burn area dries and warms, smoke may become visible from the interior of the fire. Crews will be working the fire edge today mopping up any hot spots and patrolling against any potential escape. Fireline suppression repair is continuing. Firefighters and Resource Specialists are evaluating the burned areas to determine the extent of damage caused by the fire and suppression operations. Significant demobilization has started and a plan for turning the incident back to the San Bernardino National Forest is being developed. The expected containment date is Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Changing Weather: Today, thunderstorms with lightning, moderate rain and wind gusts up to 20 MPH are possible this afternoon into the early evening. These storms may cause flash flooding and mud slides. Firefighting operations will be adjusted to provide for firefighter safety. Drier and warmer weather is predicted for the Wednesday and Thursday.
Evacuations: All Evacuation Orders for communities around the fire area have been lifted. Visitors are welcomed back to these communities. The public safety officials want to thank mountain community residents for your cooperation in the evacuations during the firefight to keep the fire from spreading into Idyllwild, Pine Cove and the Garner Valley
Closures: Mount San Jacinto State Park is closed. The San Bernardino National Forest Closure Orders 13-8 and 13-9 remain in effect. The Pacific Crest Trail as well as connecting trails will remain closed. Humber Park is still closed.
Open: Idyllwild businesses and Lake Hemet Campground are open. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is open for business. Idyllwild and Stone Creek State Parks are open.
Note: Fire information updates will now be issued once a day.
27,332 acres at 85% containment
10 miles of fireline still to be constructed
1,146 personnel including 33 crews, 24 engines, 2 dozers, and 6 helicopters
23 structures have been destroyed, including 7 residences during the first day of the fire
Total cost to date is 22.8 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