Mountain Fire Now 98% Contained
Incident: Mountain Wildfire
Hard working fire crews continue to improve fireline and mop up hot spots within the interior of the burn. Six crews have overnighted for several days in these remote areas in order to advance the work. Extreme terrain at the northwest corner of the fire perimeter has slowed fireline construction, but the fire is now 98% contained with full containment expected Tuesday, July 30th.
“Our firefighters are working under difficult conditions, but we are confident in the progress they are making in completing the fireline,” said Incident Commander Chris Fogle. He added, “We also appreciate the support of all the local communities.”
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 series of immediate post-fire actions to repair damages and minimize impacts resulting from fire suppression activities is nearly complete. A Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) is also 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 and continues to work closely with all the local agencies in the Idyllwild and Palm Springs area.
Weather: Sunny, light and variable winds. Temperatures will be in the eighties. Humidity 25-70%
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 Camp Grounds.
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.
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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: 98%, 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: $25.6 million, Structures Destroyed: 23 structures destroyed which includes 7 residences, Evacuations: None