WILDFIRE HAZARDS

Despite the recent rains, the vegetation in southern California is extremely dry, and is almost explosive when ignited. The Mountain and Silver fires near Idyllwild, and the Rim fire near Yosemite, are perfect illustrations of how devastating fire can be, and how fast fire can spread and burn in drought

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MOUNTAIN FIRE STILL NOT FULLY CONTAINED

The Mountain Fire, which firefighters expected to be contained by Wednesday of last week, is still not fully contained. The fire was first reported the afternoon of July 15, east of Idyllwild, and has burned more than 27,500 acres. It was started by an electrical equipment failure on private property

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MOUNTAIN FIRE CONTAINMENT EXPECTED TODAY, CAUSE RELEASED

Fire investigators say the Mountain Fire was caused by electrical equipment failure on private property, a nearly 20-acre parcel of land along Highway 243 in Mountain Center owned by Tarek M. Al-Shawaf, of Saudi Arabia. Because a fire originated on a property does not mean the owner was involved. The

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RAIN TURNS THE TIDE ON THE MOUNTAIN FIRE NEAR IDYLLWILD

An inch of rain fell early Sunday on Mount San Jacinto, helping turn the tide on the Mountain Fire, so much so that crews now say they’ll completely surround the fire by Wednesday. The fire crews increased their containment from 49 percent up to 68 percent late Sunday. The fire’s

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WILDFIRE STATUS UPDATE

On Saturday, firefighters made substantial progress against the Mountain Fire, which has been burning between Palm Springs and Idyllwild since Monday afternoon. As of Sunday morning, it is listed as 49% contained, with full containment expected by Friday, August 26. In the wake of overnight rains, and forecasted continuing thunderstorm

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WILDFIRE STATUS UPDATE

As of 11 p.m. Friday night the Mountain fire between Palm Springs and Idyllwild had grown to over 27000 acres, and was listed as 15% contained. Firefighters had been able to make excellent progress on the southeast side of the fire near Trails End on Morris Ranch Road in Garner

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MOUNTAIN FIRE NOW AT 23,000 ACRES, SMOKE ADVISORY REMAINS

Day four of the nearby Mountain Fire sees firefighters making great progress in rocky terrain and high temperatures. Two C-130 aircraft Mobile Airborne Fire Fighting System, have been deployed by the 146th Air wing of the California National Guard. As weather conditions continue to change the fire remains active on

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MOUNTAIN FIRE THREATENS IDYLLWILD, NOW ALMOST 20,000 ACRES

The Mountain Fire, bringing thick smoke into the Morongo Basin at times, was at almost 23,000 acres as of this morning and is 15 percent contained. Rapid movement of the fire has prompted an evacuation order of Idyllwild, Trails End, and Fern Valley. More than 4,100 residences and 100 commercial

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