Idyllwild Residents Return Home; Businesses Reopen
IDYLLWILD - After days away from home, evacuation orders have been lifted which means Idyllwild residents can get back to normal life. As the rain comes flooding in to Idyllwild, so do the residents. "It's a blessing that we can come back to work, come back to our home and just come back to normal life,” says Idyllwild resident Danielle Davis.
Trudy Twardowski owns Oma's bakery in Idyllwild. She evacuated and left her life at the top of the mountain. "I could have lost my business and possibly even my house,” says Twardowski. She reopened her bakery Sunday and says her business, like many others, will bounce back. "Word of mouth, people will come back. It may be slow. People will come back. We still have a green forest to come back to,” says Twardowski.
Fire crews got a big break from mother nature with some much needed rain. It helped to squelch the fire but it brought along another nuisance. "The rain is good except for bringing in all the ash into the streets and the businesses,” says Davis. Residents are hopeful the rain will help firefighters. "Hopefully, there's no strong winds with the rain to kind of bring the fire back up,” says Davis. Because the last thing they want is to evacuate again. "Idyllwild is a small piece of heaven,” says Twardowski. They certainly don’t want to see their beloved mountain town destroyed. "It's beautiful up here. I was raised up here my entire life. My son's one and I would love to raise him here. Everyone is so nice. It's so quiet and quaint,” says Davis.
Visitors can't access the mountain till 11 pm Sunday night but if you are a resident or a business owner, you need to check in at one of three locations below and they will give you a pass to make your way up.
-Lake Hemet Market, 56-571 Highway 74, Mountain Center
-Banning High School, 100 W. Westward Ave., Banning
-Cranston Forest Service Station No. 54, Highway 74 and Rouse Hill Truck Trail, Hemet