LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Banning Fire Map 2013 tonight has grown as the Silver Fire nears Poppet Flats, Twins Pines, and Silent Valley. The Riverside County Fire which started on Poppet Flats Rd near Hwy 243, south of Banning, grew to three hundred acres between 2 pm and 4 pm. But by 6:30 pm today August 7, 2013, officials now warn that the blaze has grown from three hundred to five thousand acres. CalFire is describing the blaze as one of the most aggressive wildfires in California this summer.
The latest Banning Fire Map 2013 news update was issued just moments ago. Officials report that mandatory evacuation orders for Poppet Flats, Twin Pines and Silent Valley will remain in place tonight. Residents are being sent to two possible evacuation centers. They are Hemet High School on 41701 East Stetson Avenue and Beaumont High School on 39139 Cherry Valley Boulevard. Animals are being taken to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus on 581 South Grand Avenue.
Officials are keeping highway 243 closed tonight. The fire is being battled by CalFire with Riverside county Fire. Seventy-one engines are on scene tonight. An hour ago, officials reported two injuries. “Update 5:30 p.m.: Fire is now estimated at 5000 acres and 0% contained. Multiple structures involved in Twin Pines.
One firefighter and one civilian injury reported unknown extent. ” No homes have been lost. Officials warn news that the fire is burring at a critical rate, is at zero percent containment, and is not improving on any front tonight. For the latest fire map click HERE and select “Silver Fire” on the left. For continuing coverage click HERE.