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Mountain Fire 85% contained – expected full containment tomorrow

Update per InciWeb @ 9:17 a.m.

The National Forest Service updates that the Mountain Fire has not grown, and indeed has stabilized since yesterday’s reported 85% containment — totaling 27,332 burn acres.

Rainfall in the area has maintained a stable fire perimeter, with commander Pincha-Tulley stating, “There was no growth in the size of the fire.”  The expected containment date is Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

Evacuation orders remain in place for residents in the areas of Apple Canyon Road, north of Bonita Vista Road, per inciweb report, due to potential of flash flooding within recent burn areas, and possible mudslides and debris flow. The update continues to read, “If you are concerned about your safety, it is recommended that you leave now.”

The National Weather Service forecasts a 30 % chance of thunderstorms over the burn area today, with a brief drying trend over the next two days. Thus far, the burn area has received .5 to 2 inches of rain,  with another .5 inches expected. Due to the amount of rainfall, rolling material and safety concerns still exist.

“As the burn area dries and warms up the heavy fuels will begin to smolder and burn. Smoke may become visible from the interior of the fire and may continue for an extended period of time. These smokes do not pose a threat.” Said Pincha-Tulley. The fire’s activity is currently listed as “Smoldering.”

Crews will continue to work  the fire edge on Tuesday, focusing on hot spots and patrolling against any potential escape points.

As for continued work, Pincha-Tulley reports: “Fireline suppression repair is continuing. Firefighters and Resource Specialists are evaluating the burned areas to determine the extent of damage caused by the fire and suppression operations.” Personnel on scene remains approximately 1,100 firefighters.

As seen yesterday, visiting hot shot crews continue to demobilize, as the event is returned to the San Bernardino National Forest Service.

Areas open to the public include: 

The Communities of: Idyllwild, Fern Valley, Pine Cove, Bonita Vista, Pine Springs, and Trails End

Palm Springs Aerial Tram

Idyllwild State Park

Stone Creek State Park

Lake Hemet Campground

Highway 243

Highway 74

Areas remaining closed: 

All Forest Service Campgrounds located along Highway 243

San Bernardino National Forest Closure Orders 13-8 and 13-9 north of Highway 74 and east of Highway 243

San Jacinto Wilderness

San Jacinto State Park

The Pacific Crest trail from Highway 74 (mile 152) to Strawberry Junction (mile 183) and all trails connecting to the Pacific Crest Trail, including: South Ridge, Carumba, Spitler Peak, Fobes, and Cedar Springs Trail.

Hurkey Creek County Campground and all hiking and mountain biking trails out of Hurkey Creek and May Valley

Humber Park

For up to the minute reports, 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.

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