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BREAKING NEWS: ALL OF IDYLLWILD UNDER EVACUATION FROM MOUNTAIN FIRE

David Reese

BREAKING NEWS: ALL OF IDYLLWILD UNDER EVACUATION FROM MOUNTAIN FIRE

CREATED Jul. 17, 2013

July 18, 2013 10:20 A.M.

Latest Fire Facts: 19,400 acres
15% containment
2,985 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 4.5 Million dollars
The latest fire information can be found on the Inciweb

The Palm Springs Areal Tramway and Mount San Jacinto State Park are both closed due to the ungealthy air quality due to smoke

As evacuations continue in areas affected by the Mountain Fire, American Red Cross volunteers are providing assistance at three separate shelter locations.                          Beaumont High School, Hemet High School and Hamilton High School

Following mandatory evacuations in Idyllwild, the Red Cross has assisted more than 130 people at the Beaumont High School center, providing food, hydration, shelter and emotional support. The Beaumont High School shelter is accepting small animals which will be housed in an air conditioned trailer. Animals can also be taken to: Beaumont Civic Center


The Mountain Fire is now under Unified Command between the San Bernardino National Forest and CAL Fire Riverside Unit.

Rapid movement of the Mountain Fire today toward Trails End in the south and Tahquitz Peak in the north prompted the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce (MAST) to order an evacuation of Trails End, Idyllwild, and Fern Valley communities.

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.

After the evacuations are accomplished, State Highway 243 and portions of State Highway 74 between the Pepper Trees and the intersection with State Highway 371 will be open to local residents only.

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. 

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