Silver Fire Burns 14,000 Acres, Destroys 26 Homes
Posted by feww on August 9, 2013
Silver Fire: 14,000 Acres Burned; Additional Evacuations Ordered
The Silver fire started at about 2:00pm PDT on Wednesday (UTC -7 hrs.) near Highway 243, south of Banning, and quickly spread, consuming at least 5,000 acres in less than 4 hours.
- As of 9:30 pm PDT on August 8, 2013 , the fire had grown to 14,000 acres (20% contained), destroying at least 26 residences and one commercial building in Twin Pines, and nearby Poppet Flats.
- At least 1,500 people were evacuated as of posting.
- Some 1,450 fire crews have been deployed to contain the fire.
Evacuation Orders remain in effect for the communities of Vista Grande, Mt. Edna, Poppet Flats, Twin Pines, Silent Valley as well as portions of Cabazon – Peach Street, Plum Street, Eucalyptus Street, and Riza Avenue, Ida Avenue, Helen Avenue East to Elm Street. Black Mountain and Boulder Basin Campgrounds as well as Black Mountain Fire lookout have been closed by the Forest Service. Evacuation order in effect in lower Cabazon and Snow Creek Village. [Cal Fire]
UPDATE 3:07 P.M. (August 8, 2013) – The fire is now estimated at 11,000 acres, still 10% contained. The fire is actively burning in the San Jacinto wilderness.
here have been a total of four firefighters injured (unknown extent) and one civilian. [Riverside County Fire Department]
- There have been a total of four firefighters injured (unknown extent) and one civilian.
UPDATE 8/8/2013 7:00 A.M.: THE FIRE IS NOW ESTIMATED AT 10,000 ACRES WITH 0% CONTAINMENT. ALL EVACUATION ORDERS REMAIN IN PLACE FOR POPPET FLATS, SILENT VALLEY, TWIN PINES, TWIN PINES RANCH, VISTA GRANDE, MT. EDNA AND THE EXTREME SOUTH END OF CABAZON (PEACH STREET, PLUM STREET, EUCALYPTUS STREET, RIZA STREET, IDA AVENUE AND HELEN AVENUE EAST TO EAST TO ELM STREET)
Incident Statistics (Riverside County Fire Department News)
Statistics for the week of 7/29/2013 to 8/4/2013
- Fire: 271
- Medical Emergency: 1,937
- Haz Mats/FMS: 38
- Misc: 151
- 2013 YTD Total: 78,900
- 2012 YTD Total: 76,511
- As of August 4, 2013, Riverside County incidents have increased 3.12% from last year.