LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The California Fire Map 2013 for the Palm Springs neighboring fire enlarged Saturday as the wildfire spread east. The fire is not in Palm Springs no Palm Desert. But its continual move towards town and Cathedral City prompted new efforts Saturday.
The California Fire Map 2013 depicts a gradual shift of the blaze late in the week, while advancing its eastern front. The blaze which started on July 15 continues to spread from its original core of Mountain Center and Apple Canyon. Officials tell news in their latest status update today, July 20, 2013, that the fire is still burning actively on the “southern portion of the San Jacinto Wilderness along the Desert Divide and in the Apple Canyon and Bonita Vista Areas.”
Palm Springs residents and businesses are now aiding the efforts for evacuees. VisitPalmSprings.com, the official website for the Palm Springs tourism board, has released over a dozen hotels that are offering a discounted rate to evacuees of the California Fire. Evacuees have Anza, Hemet and Palm Springs as among the possible towns they are being routed to. The tourism board tell news that “Palm Springs hotels are offering discounted room rates for residents and its visitors affected by the Mountain Fire in nearby Idyllwild.” Those “participating Palm Springs properties [are] offering special rates for Mountain Fire evacuees…. The City of Palm Springs is safe and open for business.”
Officials meantime are still advising residents of poor weather conditions from the smoke growing in the area. “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.” For the latest updates and fire map, click HERE. For a second larger fire map, click HERE, and for more on the Mountain Fire, click HERE.