LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Cabazon Fire Map 2013 for the Silver Fire near Banning, CA prompted new updates today. The wildfire near Banning has now burned twenty-six homes and one commercial business. Twenty-seven structures are lost, six persons are injured, and one person is in critical condition. Moreover, new evacuation orders have been issued.
The latest Silver Fire Map 2013 update for today August 9, 2013 revealed a major advance in the fire Thursday evening. As a result, new evacuation orders are in place. They now include “Black Mountain and Boulder Basin Campgrounds as well as Black Mountain Fire lookout have been closed by the Forest Service. Evacuation order in effect in lower Cabazon and Snow Creek Village”, as well, officials tell news.
All existing orders are still in place. Those existing mandatory evacuation orders include homes in Vista Grande, Mt. Edna, Poppet Flats, Twin Pines, Silent Valley along with a part of Cabazon. On Thursday, Palm Springs Unified School District canceled all afternoon practices and the ASES after-school program. The Desert Recreation District closed the John H. Furbee Aquatics Center in Desert Hot Springs as well.
Officials report that the number of structures lost has increased, from fifteen to twenty-seven. The number of injuries is up, from three to six. And one person is in serious condition. Containment has improved, from ten to twenty percent.
But the big number is the acres burned. CALFire told news at 3 pm on Thruway that “The fire is now estimated at 11,000 acres, still 10% contained. The fire is actively burning in the San Jacinto wilderness.” But in three hours, the fire burned three thousand more acres. “The fire is now estimated at 14,000 acres and 20% contained”, CALFire told news at 7:35 PM Thursday. New numbers will be released Friday at sunrise.
Officials are calling this a “dirty fire” because it advances with hot spots in a manner that is unpredictable. “Overnight the fire continued to burn actively. Fanned by gusty winds out of the west, the fire moved to east into the Cabazon area”, officials indicated last night.
The fire had only five hundred personnel on scene Wednesday. By Thursday that number was increased three fold. “A damage assessment team will begin working to determine the exact number and type of structures damaged or destroyed by the fire.” For the latest fire map click HERE and select “Silver Fire” on the left. For continuing coverage click HERE.