Silver Fire: Some Residents Return Home
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CREATED Aug. 9, 2013
Evacuation orders lifted at 6pm Friday for a number of communities, including the community of Snow Creek, just east of where Highway 111 meets the 10 Freeway.
Thursday night, it was directly in the path of the fire.
Evacuation orders are also lifted in Cabazon, Snow Creek, Poppet Flats and Mount Edna.
Residents must bring proof of residency to Hemet High School where they can get access passes from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
The aggressive air attack by firefighters has quenched much of the Silver Fire.
The DC-10 airtanker painted the mountain orange-red, dropping fire retardant to halt the fire's path towards Snow Creek.
Christine Giles wasn't taking any chances, and evacuated Thursday night.
"I hadn't seen one as big as this one was, so it was a real concern," said Christine.
Christine packed up her valuables, including family photos.
"My papers, special papers, and my dog, things you can't replace."
Christine and her dog, Jackson, returned Friday to Snow Creek to see what progress firefighters made battling the blaze.
"Promised to save my home, which they did and I'm glad that things weren't really threatened," said Christine.
Down the street, Keith Jackson has lived in Snow Creek nearly 30 years.
He didn't evacuate.
"Because of the direction the wind was blowing and the height of the flames on the mountain up top that I didn't think we're in any danger to stick it out," said Keith.
Keith says the glowing mountainside ringed by flames did make it a tense night, but he said it looked better Friday.
"I have nothing but confidence that we're out of danger."
While Christine says she's confident the worst is over, she's also being cautious.
"I haven't unpacked, I left my car packed in case I have to leave again, because anything can spark up again."
So Christine was ready to leave again in a moment's notice, as firefighters protected the village from encroaching flames.