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The Riverside County Mountain Wildfire was contained by 68% last night, with low probability of expansion, and expected full containment date if Friday, July 26, 2013. All residents can return to their homes, and all evacuation centers are now closed as of 8 p.m. July 21.
Any residents in need of additional assistance are asked to contact the American Red Cross National Dispatch number: 855-891-7325.
The small animal shelter will return to normal business hours beginning Monday July 22, 2013.
MANY CREWS RETURN HOME
Fire crews headed home yesterday, in large caravans of wild land hot shot crews heading down highway 79, out of Idyllwild area.
27,279 acres have burned, most in extreme relief of the San Jacinto mountain range between Idyllwild, Fern Valley, Pine Cove, and Palm Springs/Palm Desert. According to the National Forest Service, this fire remains under unified command by Cal Fire Riverside and The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. A fire crew of less than 2,000 is still at work, monitoring hot spots and flare ups.
Thunderstorm weather is expected to return Monday, July 22, and flash flooding remains a possibility for burn areas and areas below burn zones. All are reminded to take necessary precautions.
All Evacuations Orders and Warnings have been lifted. Highway 243 and Highway 74 are also open. While the communities of Idyllwild, Fern Valley, and Pine Cove are open to the public, Forest Orders 13-8 and 13-9 remain in effect until further notice.
Please read the Forest Orders under “Closures” .
General Fire Info:
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 portion of the San Jacinto Wilderness along the Desert Divide and in the Apple Canyon and Bonita Vista Areas.
Significant rainfall occurred over the fire area with more expected today. Thunderstorms may bring significant rain and could cause erratic winds and strong downdrafts. Hazards remain in burned areas due to flash flooding and mudslides. Firefighters and Resource Specialists are currently evaluating the burned areas to determine the extent of damage to the forest.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Mount San Jacinto State Park are currently closed because of unhealthy air quality. Fire crews will be working around the Aerial Tramway to prepare structural defense preparations.
Changing Weather: The threat of thunderstorms and flash flooding will continue tonight. Due to severe weather conditions, firefighters will patrol the fire monitoring hotspots and flare-ups.