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Breaking News: Mountain Fire Pine Cove Evacuation Notice Given as wildfire advances

Per the National Forest Service incident web site, updated at 11 a.m. July 19, 2013:

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has issued an Evacuation Warning for the community of Pine Cove. They are recommending that any community members who feel threatened should evacuate. All residents in the area should prepare for a possible Evacuation Order and be ready to leave if an Order is issued.

Weather conditions today create the possibility of extreme fire growth.

A large smoke and ash column may form in the northwest area of the fire. Large smoke columns have the potential to create (Pyrocumulus) thunderstorms which may lead to lightning and strong winds.

Pyrocumulus Activity Explained:

With the current unstable atmosphere the column may raise high enough to form an ice cap. Eventually the weight of the ice will cause the column to collapse. When the column collapses strong downdraft winds push the fire in multiple directions placing firefighters at risk.

Spot fires ahead of the main fire may be caused from embers in the smoke column and from the downdraft winds.

Air tankers and helicopters continue to work along the northwest side of the wildfire to secure the established firelines and minimize fire growth. This area remains the highest priority on the fire.

About Ashley Ludwig

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

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