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Massive Wildfire in the San Jacinto Mountains

Ben Schenk

Massive Wildfire in the San Jacinto Mountains

CREATED Sep. 24, 2011 - UPDATED: Sep. 25, 2011

PALM SPRINGS - Fire crews are on the scene of a wildfire burning in the San Jacinto mountains  along Highway 111 in Palm Springs. 

The U.S. Forest Service says the fire has burned 541 acres since the fire broke out around 7 p.m. Saturday and is at 80 percent containment.

High winds, up to 23 miles per hour, are making it difficult for firefighters to control the spread of the flames. Cal-Fire and Palm Springs Fire Department are also assisting in the containment. Currently, hand crews are in the mountains attacking the flames. 

Highway 111 re-opened in both directions. No structures are currently threatened.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.