Containment on Silver Fire at 40 percent; some evacuations lifted

With containment of the 18,000 acre Silver Fire reaching 40 percent, evacuation orders were lifted Friday evening for Snow Creek, Cabazon, Mount Edna and Poppet Flats.

Evacuation orders are still in effect for Vista Grande, Twin Pines and Silent Valley. The Black Mountain, Boulder Basin, Marion Mountain, Fern Basin and Dark Canyon campgrounds, as well as the Black Mountain fire lookout, have been closed by the Forest Service. The Marion Mountain and Seven Pines hiking trails also are closed.

Highway 243 remains closed between Banning and Poppet Flats.

Only local residents with permits will be allowed back into Snow Creek, Mount Edna, Poppet Flats and lower Cabazon.

Since it was first reported Wednesday afternoon, the Silver Fire has destroyed 26 homes and a commercial building; five firefighters and a civilian have been injured.

On Friday, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Riverside County; the declaration clears the way for state aid.

More than 2,000 personnel have been assigned to fight the blaze.

— posted by Cathy Maestri,

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Friday, August 9, 2013

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