MOUNTAIN FIRE : 45% Contained
The latest information on the Mountain Fire.Photo: Video by kmir6.com
July 20, 2013 7:00 P.M.
Latest Fire Facts: 27,245 acres
3,347 personnel including 51 crews, 228 engines, 15 dozers and 17 helicopters
23 structures have been destroyed by fire including 7 residences during the first day of the fire.
Total cost to date is 18.4 Million dollars
The latest fire information can be found on the Inciweb
Evacuation warning for Pine Cove
The Mountain Fire is now under Unified Command between the San Bernardino National Forest and CAL Fire Riverside Unit.
4,100 residences and 100 commercial properties are currently threatened by the fire. Details of the Evacuation Order are posted on Inciweb.
Despite the movement of the fire in the more remote portions of the perimeter, a lot of good work was accomplished to secure the parts of the perimeter closest to Mountain Center. Contingency lines have been constructed and improved between the fire and the evacuated communities.
Tonight’s operations will improve and mop-up existing containment lines and preparations for firing operations, should favorable circumstances allow for a safe and successful operation. Smoke generated by the fire continues to impact Palm Springs and Coachella Valley. Night operations are supported by a night flying helicopter and an Air Attack. The Air Attack is a specially trained and experienced firefighter in a small fixed wing aircraft the helps coordinate air operations with ground fire fighters.
Protecting the community of Idyllwild, Hemet Lake area and Palm Springs remain a high priority and will be the focus of firefighting efforts as weather conditions continue to change.
Steep terrain, congested winding highways, and hot and dry weather continue to confront firefighters making their safety the highest priority for each individual assigned to the Mountain Fire.
A boil water order is in effect for the following communities and areas:
Pine Springs Camp; Ronald McDonald Camp; Bonita Vista Road; Fleming Ranch, Zen Center; The Living Free Animal Sanctuary; May Valley Road; Hurkey Creek; and Apple Canyon Road
Residents in the above areas are advised to boil all water for cooking, drinking and ice making for at least one minute before use.
Highway 243 remains closed between Pine Cove and Highway 74.
Highway 74 is open in both directions.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Mount San Jacinto State Park will remain closed until futher notice because of unhealthy air quality due to smoke
Residents are reminded to be alert to the movement of fire equipment particularly around 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. during firefighter shift changes.
RED CROSS EMERGENCY SHELTERS:
The Red Cross is currently operating three evacuation shelters because of the fire:
Hemet High School in Hemet, Hamilton High School in Anza; and Beaumont High School in Beaumont.