LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The California Fires Map today 2013 grew as the wildfire spread near Idyllwild, Fern Valley, Palms Springs, and Mountain Center. Officials in the latest news update today July 18, 2013 indicated improved containment levels with continued mandatory evacuation zones.
The California Fires Map Today 2013 continues to depict the spread of the blaze across land near Idyllwild, Fern Valley, Palms Springs, and Mountain Center. The fire is now at fifteen percent containment, officials tell news, up from ten percent last night. The fire had grown from eight to fourteen thousand acres between Tuesday and Wednesday. But the fire near Mountain Center only grew to 19,400 acres by last night. That number is expected to be increased in a news briefing this morning.
Meantime the Riverside County Sheriff in cooperation with Idyllwild Fire Protection District has “issued an evacuation notice for the Idyllwild and Fern Valley area. This does not include Pine Cove, Mountain Center, and Poppet Flats”, they said in a news statement last night. Mandatory evacuation orders also cover the San Jacinto State Park Wilderness, Forest Service Wilderness and Forest Service Campgrounds.
In a statement about the new order, officials advised that “The fire has transitioned from a wind driven fire to a fuel and topography driven fire.” Still under evacuation order today are Andreas Canyon Club, south of Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, for Bonita Vista, Pine Springs, and the Zen Mountain Center off of Apple Canyon Road, and Trails End at the North end of Morris Ranch Road. Voluntary orders, not because of the fire but because of the smoke, remain in place today for Camp Ronald McDonald and Camp Joe Sherman. For the latest updates and a fire map, click HERE. For a second larger fire map, click HERE. And for more, click HERE.