Silver Fire: Gov. Brown declares state of emergency as blaze grows to 18,000 acres

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Late Friday, Gov. Jerry declared a state of emergency in Riverside County as the area of Silver Fire expanded to 18,000 acres.

Earlier in the day, state Sen. Bill Emerson, R-Redlands, whose district includes the area of the fire, sent a letter to the Governor asking for the declaration.

“I have been monitoring the situation closely and understand that Riverside County has declared a local state of emergency and plan to request that an emergency be declared by the state as well,” Emmerson said in a statement. “Given the severe risk to life and property, we must do all we can to protect the health and safety of residents in these communities.”

A state of emergency would allow state funding and resources to flow toward the affected area.

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Silver fire: Homes burning, 5,000 acres lost, no containment

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The Silver fire engulfs a home south of Banning on Wednesday evening. (KTLA / August 7, 2013)

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By Jason Wells and Shelby GradAugust 7, 2013, 6:33 p.m.

A fast-moving brush fire south of Banning has burned more than 5,000 acres, injured one firefighter and destroyed numerous homes and structures.

CalFire reported “multiple structures involved” in the hamlet of Twin Pines. TV footage showed additional homes on fire in nearby Poppet Flats.

Firefighters were dealing with strong westerly winds that are expected to continue until sunset.

The fire was jumping through the rocky desert hillside, overtaking remote homes and other structures that dot the landscape.

There was no estimate on the number of structures destroyed, in part because the fire was spread out over a large area.

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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.

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