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The National Forest Service declared Saturday morning, July 20, that the Mountain Fire wildfire has reached upwards of 27,200 acres and is now 25% contained.
Riverside County’s wildfire update states that Firefighters made “excellent progress during the night”, on the Mountain Fire that has residents of Idyllwild, Fern Valley, and Trail’s End still evacuated.
Overnight, firefighters and hot shot crews worked to secure the southern flank of the fire with a combination of hand line construction, running hoselays, and water drops.
Communities to the south and southeast remain undamaged by fire activity.
Todays weather may bring a change in the progression of the fire and how operation strategies will develop.
Moisture has arrived, bringing a strong likelihood of rain and the possibility of isolated thunderstorms by the afternoon.
Scattered mountain showers may only impact portion of the fire area and thunderstorms and associated lightning and winds are a concern for firefighter safety.
Firefighter safety is a major concern as rain can also bring flooding and create slick and dangerous working conditions.
Growth potential remains high, according to inciweb, and burns through extreme, rugged wild land.
Evacuees wait for word, while those assisting evacuated animals remain in need of food, donations.
In an urgent request, The Riverside County Shelter in San Jacinto has requested donations, supplies for animals:
To help, call: 951 791 3720 Address is 581 S. Grand Ave, San Jacinto
This shelter has only been opened for
evacuated animals. There are 30 cats, 30 dogs, a frog, a bunny, 2 parrots, 2 pygmy goats, 5 chickens and 2 injured horses being cared for. Help is needed immediately: they need litter, litter pans, and food bowls also. DESPERATELY need some alfalfa hay for the 2 horses.
TEMECULA GRAPEVINE IS ACCEPTING DONATIONS — contact us through comment of you wish to drop off donations in the Temecula area.