27 structures burned in 14,000 acre Silver Fire

The Silver Fire near Banning has burned 27 structures, authorities confirmed Thursday evening.

According to Cal Fire, 26 homes and one commercial building have been destroyed in the blaze, which has now burned an estimated 14,000 acres. Containment is at 20 percent.

Evacuation orders are in effect for Vista Grande, Mount Edna, Poppet Flats, Twin Pines, Silent Valley and Snow Creek Village as well as portions of Cabazon — Peach Street, Plum Street, Eucalyptus Street, Riza Avenue, Ida Avenue and Helen Avenue east to Elm Street. The Black Mountain and Boulder Basin campgrounds, as well as the Black Mountain fire lookout, have been closed by the Forest Service.

Highway 243 is closed between Banning and Poppet Flats.

Six injuries have been reported, five to firefighters.

For information on evacuation centers, click here.

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— posted by Cathy Maestri, InstantRiverside.com

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

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