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Breaking News: Idyllwild’s Mountain Fire Causing Evacuations

Update at 7:52 p.m.  July 16, 2013:

The Mountain Center Fire has a current estimated size of 9,000 acres – and is 10% contained.

According to InciWeb information system, the initial damage assessment is as follows:

  • Bonita Vista – 3 mobile homes and 3 residences were destroyed, 1 residence sustained damage.
  • Pine Springs – 1 commercial building, a workshop, garage, and cabin were destroyed.
  • Zen Mountain Center – No damages.
  • In addition to the above residences, there was a total of 11 outbuildings and 4-6 vehicles destroyed.It is important to note that while homes and buildings were destroyed or damaged, firefighters were able to defend and save a larger number of homes.

Mandatory Evacuations placed at 1800, 7/16 for:

Road Closures:

  • Highway 243 is closed between Saunders Meadow Road and the junction of Highway 74.

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As of 11:50 p.m.: Fire is now estimated at 8,000 acres, still 10% contained.

Firefighters will continue to attack from the air, and direct resources where feasible, according to the San Bernardino National Forest Service web site.

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As of 9:45 a.m., July 16, 2013 — Evacuations are in order for The Mountain Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest. The fire is currently 10% contained, is rapidly burning through chapparal brush and timber, and the cause remains under investigation.

As originally reported by InciWeb – the Incident information system, “the Mountain Fire started at 1:43 PM on July 15, 2013 near the junction of Highway 243 and Highway 74. It is currently burning east of the Mountain Center and Apple Canyon Areas. It is burning in very steep and rugged terrain in the southern porion of the San Jacinto Wilderness along the Desert Divide and in the Apple Canyon and Bonita Vista Areas.”

The Mountain Fire / Last updated: 9:48 a.m. 7/16/2013

The Mountain Fire / Last updated: 9:48 a.m. 7/16/2013

With extreme growth potential, and high level of terrain difficulty, this incident was last estimated at 4,700 acres.

Road Closures and Evacuations:

Highway 243 remains closed between Saunders Meadow Road and the junction of Highway 74.

There are mandatory Evacuations for the Living Free Animal Sanctuary, The Fleming Ranch, Bonita Vista Community (20 homes), and the Zen Mountain Center.

Incident Webs report follows: (click for most up to date information)

Evacuation Centers:

Hemet High School, 41701 E. Stetson Ave, Hemet

Hamilton High School, 57430 Mitchell Road, Anza – Can accept small animals

Large and Small Animals can be taken to Lake Hemet Campground in Garner Valley

Small animals can be brought to the SanJacinto Animal Shelter, 581 S. Grand Ave, San Jacinto CA

Trail Closures:

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Highway 74 north to Saddle Junction. All of the trails connection to the Pacific Crest Trail are closed as well, including South Ridge Trail, Carumba Trail, Spitler Peak Trail, Fobes Trail, and Cedar Springs.

Individuals or groups with overnight or advance day-use permits into the San Jacinto Wilderness is advised to call the San Jacinto Ranger Station at 909-382-2921.

 For more detailed and up to the minute information on this fire, visit: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3516/

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

One comment on “Breaking News: Idyllwild’s Mountain Fire Causing Evacuations

  1. Pingback: Idyllwild’s Mountain Fire Grows to 14200 acres evacuations remain in order in Andreas Canyon Club | Temecula Grapevine

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