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It was disclosed July 26, by the National Forest Service that the cause of the Mountain Fire wildfire blase was due to electrical failure on private property, answering the much asked question, “What caused the Mountain Fire?”
In a press release, issued Thursday, July 24, Cal-Fire had this to say: ” Investigators have determined the cause of the “Mountain Fire” to be an electrical equipment failure on private property. The electrical equipment failure occurred on the customer side of the meter. No further details will be released as this remains an on-going investigation.”
The Mountain Fire started at 1:43 PM on July 15, 2013, near the junction of Highway 243 and Highway 74. The wildfire’s rapid burn through extreme relief of the San Jacinto Mountains continued east of Mountain Center, through the Apple Canyon and Bonita Vista, continuing across the Desert Divide and into San Jacinto Wilderness, to the south, as reported on the InciWeb site.
This blaze is still considered active, as hot shot crews continue to improve fire line and are extinguishing hot areas close to the fire’s edge. Less than 150 firefighters are currently managing the fire that has consumed a total of 27,531 burned acres. During the course of the wildfire, seven residential dwellings and 15 other structures were destroyed by the fire.
“Residents and visitors may still see smoke towards the north end of the fire, due to the heavy fuels within the perimeter of the fire.” According to incident commander Fogle of the San Bernardino National Forest, who has assumed command of the fire from California Incident Management Team 3, and continues to work closely with all the local agencies in the Idyllwild and Palm Springs area according to InciWeb.
“A Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) is now conducting a rapid assessment of the fire area. The BAER team will assess the fire damage and determine if immediate actions are necessary. Actions may include work to help stabilize soil; control water, sediment and debris movement; prevent impairment of ecosystems; mitigate significant threats to health, safety, life property and downstream values at risk.” Fogle said.
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