Stubborn Silver Fire continues to burn east of Cabazon

14,000 acres burned, 20 percent contained, 26 homes destroyed, 5 injuries

5 p.m. team coverage on Silver Fire

POPPET FLATS, Calif. - Fresh evacuation orders were issued Thursday as a wildfire burning south of Banning grew to about 14,000 acres, leaving four firefighters and a civilian hurt and destroying 26 homes.

The Silver Fire, which began for unknown reasons at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday on Poppet Flats Road south of Banning, was 20 percent contained Thursday as it raged on both sides of Highway 243 and into the San Jacinto wilderness, fire officials said.

Evacuations - Mandatory evacuations ordered for the communities of Poppet Flats, Twin Pines, Twin Pines Ranch, Silent Valley, Vista Grande and Mt. Edna 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 has been evacuated and closed as a precaution. 

Evacuation Centers - 

-Hemet High School 41701 East Stetson Avenue Hemet, CA.
-Beaumont High School 39139 Cherry Valley Boulevard Beaumont, CA.
-Animal Evacuation San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus 581 South Grand Avenue San Jacinto, CA.




Click here to view a map of the Silver Fire as of 5 p.m. Thursday

Updates below . . .

Update 9:15 p.m. - There have been a total of five firefighters injured (unknown extent) and one civilian.  There have been 26 homes and 1 commercial structure destroyed by the fire.  2 structures were damaged. 

UPDATE 7:35 P.M. - The fire is now estimated at 14,000 acres and 20% contained.

Update (4:21 p.m.) - A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the community of Snow Creek.

Update (3:09 p.m.) - The fire is now estimated at 11,000 acres, still 10% contained.  The fire is actively burning in the San Jacinto wilderness.

Update (2:13 p.m.) - Riverside County has declared a local emergency Thursday because of the Silver Fire, a step that could make the county eligible to receive disaster funds if state and federal officials recognize the emergency and make assistance available.

Update (2:04 p.m.) - According to our crew in the field, the fire is continuing to move east. Apparently, it has reached the edge of Whitewater and is moving near the windmill farms.  

Update (1:58 p.m.) - Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) has called on Governor Brown to issue a State of Emergency as a result of the fire.

"The state of emergency declaration is a much needed to ensure that critical resource are available to assist firefighters and first responders assigned to protect the lives and properties of our constituents and keep them out of harm's way," said Pérez. 

Update (1:20 p.m.) - During the initial attack phase on the fire, a CAL FIRE dozer experienced problems that led to damage to the dozer from an internal fire.  The operator was not injured.

Update (1:11 p.m.) - Authorities have issued a warning evacuation notice for the lower Cabazon area from Elm East to Snow Creek.

Update (12:32 p.m.) - The federal government will be covering some of the expense of fighting the 10,000-acre Silver Fire raging south of Banning.

Update (12:26 p.m.) -  15 structures have been destroyed by the fire so far.

Greg Lee live at the Silver Fire, 12:30 p.m. Thursday

Update (11:27 a.m.) - The civilian who was injured yesterday was airlifted to a burn center with full body burns.

Update (10:30 a.m.) - The fire is burning at 10,000 acres with 10% containment.

Update (10:22 a.m.) - There have been a total of four firefighters injured (unknown extent) and one civilian.


Update (9:49 a.m.) - Black Mountain has been evacuated and closed as a precaution. Those who have campground reservations can call 1-877-444-6777.

Update (9:10 a.m.) - According to Cal Fire, 1000 firefighters, 13 helicopters, and 6 air tankers are working on the fire.

Update (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 including Peach Street, Plum Street, Eucalyptus Street, Riza Street, Ida Avenue and Helen Avenue east to Elm Street.

Update ( 5:18 a.m.)- CHP reports CalFire will be lighting control fires along old Banning Road and State Highway 243 after dawn.

Update (7 August 9:45 p.m.)- Fire is now estimated at 6,000 acres and 0% contained.  There are three night flying helicopters.  The communities of Vista Grande and Mt. Edna are also under mandatory evacuation.  The firefight continues throughout the night with over 500 personnel assigned.

UPDATE (7 August 6:59 p.m.) - According to a spokesperson for Cal Fire, two firefighters have been injured along with one civilian. One firefighter was transported by ground ambulance and the civilian was transported by ground ambulance to a waiting air ambulance. Unknown extent of injuries.

UPDATE (7 August 5:58 p.m.) - Noble Creek Community Park in Beaumont has been closed to the public because of the Silver Fire until further notice.  

UPDATE (7 August 5:44 p.m.) - Fire is now estimated at 5000 acres and 0% contained. Multiple structures involved in Twin Pines.  One firefighter injury reported unknown extent.

UPDATE (5:17 p.m.) - ABC7 in Los Angeles is reporting at least 4 structures have been lost so far.


UPDATE (7 August 5:00 p.m.) - Evacuation Center has been set up at Hemet High School 41701 East Stetson Avenue Hemet, CA.

UPDATE (7 August 4:54 p.m.) - While there are no official numbers yet, aerial pictures have shown homes in Poppet Flats being engulfed with flames.  

UPDATE (7 August 4:52 p.m.) - Palm Springs Airport is open, although some airlines are choosing not to operate, or dealing with the issue in other ways, says Tom Nolan, Executive Director of PSP.  Unless told otherwise, customers are recommended to show up to the airport for their flights.   

UPDATE (7 August 4:24 p.m.) - Fire is now estimated at 2,500 acres.

UPDATE 7 August (3:57 p.m.) - 450 firefighters, 5 helicopters, 4 air tankers.

UPDATE (7 August 3:48 p.m.) - Cal Fire is saying the fire is "burning at a critical rate." 

UPDATE (7 August 3:46 p.m.) - Mandatory evacuations ordered for the communities of Poppet Flats, Twin Pines and Silent Valley.

UPDATE (7 August 3:29 p.m.) - Hwy 243 has been shut down from Interstate 10 to Pine Cove.

UPDATE (7 August 3:19 p.m.) - While no official evacuations have been ordered, firefighters can be seen in the nearby area going door-to-door alerting people of the fire.

UPDATE (7 August 3:16 p.m.) - Cal Fire is already estimating the fire at 300+ acres. 215 firefighters, 5 helicopters, and 4 air tankers.

UPDATE (7 August 3:08 p.m.) - Currently 152 firefighters, 5 helicopters, and 4 air tankers are responding to the fire.

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