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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:
Mandatory Evacuations placed at 1800, 7/16 for:
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.
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.”
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)
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
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/