Evacuations Ordered in Wildfire Growing in Dry, Mountainous Terrain South of Idyllwild

The blaze began at 1:43 p.m. in the community of Mountain Center

Evacuations Ordered in Wildfire Near Idyllwild


NBC4 viewer Holly Lindquist sent in this photo from Hemet of a wildfire burning in the Idyllwild area on July 15, 2013.

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Mandatory evacuations were prompted by growing wildfire in dry mountain terrain south of Idyllwild that also shut down two highways on Monday afternoon.

The blaze was at 235 acres at just before 5 p.m., about 3 hours after it began, Mark Annas of the Riverside County Fire Department said.

Evacuations were ordered for the Living Free Animal Sanctuary, Bonita Vista Community of about 20 homes and four homes at Fleming Ranch, the department.

Dubbed the Mountain Fire, the wildfire was under attack from 307 firefighters, four helicopters and six air tankers, according to a fire department incident report. It was 5 percent contained at 4:55 p.m.

It was burning in the community of Mountain Center in the San Jacinto Mountains (map), about 4 miles south of the resort town of Idyllwild.

“First arriving units reported approximately 5 acres burning in heavy fuels at a moderate rate,” the fire department’s first update stated.

Eastbound Highway 74 was closed east of the U.S. Forest Service Cranston Guard Station; westbound lanes were open. Highway 243 was closed at Saunders Meadow.

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