Mountain Fire Now 96% Contained
Incident: Mountain Wildfire
Fire crews are continuing to make progress improving fireline and extinguishing hot areas close to the fire’s edge. Extreme terrain at the northwest corner of the fire perimeter has slowed some fireline construction and full containment is expected Tuesday, July 30th.
Residents and visitors may still see smoke towards the north end of the fire, due to the heavy fuels within the perimeter of the fire.
A Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) is now conducting a rapid assessment of the fire area. The BAER team will assess the fire damage and determine if immediate actions are necessary. Actions may include work to help stabilize soil; control water, sediment and debris movement; prevent impairment of ecosystems; mitigate significant threats to health, safety, life property and downstream values at risk.
The San Bernardino National Forest assumed command of the fire from California Incident Management Team 3 on Thursday July 25th and continues to work closely with all the local agencies in the Idyllwild and Palm Springs area.
Weather: A 20% chance of showers today. Some storms could produce heavy rainfall. Temperatures will be in the low eighties. Drier and warmer weather with gusty winds is expected early next week.
Cause: CAL FIRE Investigators have determined the cause of the Mountain Fire to be an electrical equipment failure on private property.
Closures: San Bernardino National Forest Closure orders, 13-8 and 13-9, remain in effect for the San Jacinto Ranger District. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed and the associated connecting trails. Humber Park is still closed. Mt San Jacinto State Park is closed in all areas except for Idyllwild State Campground and Stone Creek Campground.
Open: Idyllwild and Pine Cove businesses are open. Lake Hemet store and campground is open. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is open. All areas west of State Hwy 243 and 74 are open to recreate.
Quick Fire Facts
Fire Start Date: July 15, 2013, Fire Report Time: 1:43 pm, Location: East of Idyllwild, north of Garner Valley in Riverside County, Acres: 27,531, Containment: 96%, Expected Full Containment: Tuesday July 30, 2013
Firefighting Resources Currently Assigned to the Incident: Fire Fighters Assigned: 182, Fire Engines: 5, Fire Crews: 6, Helicopters: 3, Dozers: 1, Total Cost to date: $25.4 million, Structures Destroyed: 23 structures destroyed which includes 7 residences, Evacuations: None