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Mountain Fire grows to 8,000 acres and burns 7 homes

There are now 2,200 firefighters engaged with the Mountain Fire in Riverside County, which has grown to 8,000 acres near Idyllwild, California and is only 10% contained. Carol Jandrall, a fire information officer with the U.S. Forest Service, said that the wildfire, near the junction of  California routes 74 and 243, has destroyed seven homes, including three houses and three mobile homes in the community of Bonita Vista. Another residence in the community was damaged by the fire. says:

In Pine Springs, one commercial building, a workshop, a garage and a cabin were destroyed. Across the entire fire area, 11 outbuildings and four to six vehicles have been destroyed.

Nearly 75 fire crews are working on the fire, burning through the timber and chaparral in the steep, rugged terrain of the San Jacinto Wilderness’ southern end, in the Apple Canyon and Bonita Vista areas, authorities said. Winds continue pushing the fire eastward.

According to fire officials, the potential for growth of the fire is “extreme,” as stated in information released this evening (the information from InciWeb includes a topographic Google Map of the area).

Evacuations that began yesterday have been extended to about 50 homes, including those in Fleming Ranch, Bonita Vista and Andreas Canyon Club, as well as the Living Free animal sanctuary and Zen Mountain Center. The community of Idyllwild is not threatened at this point, unless winds shift.

-Bill at

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