Silver Fire grows to 11,000 acres; parts of Cabazon under evacuation

In just over 24 hours, the Silver Fire near Banning has grown to 11,000 acres and is now threatening parts of Cabazon.

Cal Fire and the Riverside County Fire Department have issued mandatory evacuation orders for Snow Creek Village, Black Mountain, Vista Grande, Mount Edna, Poppet Flats, Silent Valley, Twin Pines and portions of Cabazon — Peach Street, Plum Street, Eucalyptus Street, Riza Avenue, Ida Avenue and Helen Avenue east to Elm Street.

Highway 243 near Poppet Flats remains closed. Boulder Basin and Black Mountain Campgrounds on Black Mountain Road will be closed through August 15.

Evacuation centers are located at Hemet High School, 41701 E. Stetson Ave., Hemet; and Beaumont High School, 39139 Cherry Valley Blvd., Beaumont.

Animals can be safely housed at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, 581 S. Grand Ave., San Jacinto.

The Silver Fire was reported at Highway 243 and Poppet Flats Road at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday; as of 4:15 p.m. Thursday, the blaze was estimated at 11,000 acres and is only 10 percent contained.

Cal Fire reports five people have been reported injured — four firefighters and a civilian.

Windy, dry conditions and high temperatures are expected; there are currently 1,000 personnel assigned to fight the blaze.

Watch InstantRiverside.com for updates.

– posted by Cathy Maestri, InstantRiverside.com

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Thursday, August 8, 2013


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