Evacuations issued for Idyllwild, Fern Valley and Trails End

By Cathy Maestri

Evacuation notices have been issued for Idyllwild, Fern Valley and Trails End as the Mountain Fire continues to rage in the San Jacinto Wilderness.

The order for Trails End, at the end of Morris Ranch Road, is for an immediate evacuation.

Evacuations are also in effect as of 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for the San Jacinto State Park Wilderness, Forest Service Wilderness and Forest Service campgrounds, according to multi-agency information service InciWeb.

Mandatory evacuation orders continue for the Andreas Canyon Club (south of Palm Canyon Drive) in Palm Springs; Bonita Vista; Pine Springs;and the Zen Mountain Center off of Apple Canyon Road.

The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain east of the Mountain Center and Apple Canyon Areas and has burned an estimated 14,200 acres since Monday afternoon. The fire is 10 percent contained; InciWeb lists the growth potential as extreme.

Highway 243 is open to residents only from Banning south to Mountain Center; Highway 74 is also under a soft closure from the Cranston Fire Station (near Valle Vista) east to Highway 371.

The Pacific Crest Trail and all connections are closed from Highway 74 north to Saddle Junction. Hurkey Creek County Camground and all the trails out of there and May Valley are also closed.

Pine Cove, Mountain Center and Poppet Flats are not currently under evacuation orders. Camp Ronald McDonald and Camp Joe Sherman were voluntarily evacuated because of air quality.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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