Helicopters continue work on Palm Desert wildfire

POSTED: 10:57 AM PDT May 07, 2013    UPDATED: 10:45 AM PDT May 08, 2013 
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PALM DESERT, Calif. -

A wildfire in a Palm Desert-area canyon was 15 percent contained and holding at three or four acres today, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said.

A Forest Service employee reported the fire about two miles west of Highway 74 in the Cat Creek drainage area in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to John Miller of the Forest Service.

Crews from the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service and Riverside County Fire Department were sent to the scene. Four crews were hiking to the fire today, Forest Service spokesman Lee Beyer said.

Beyer said the fire was burning at the bottom of a canyon, more than a mile from structures. He said one helicopter would make water drops and another would transport firefighters to the blaze.

He didn't have a full containment estimate.

"We're going to try to work it as hard as we can today and hopefully have it contained," he said. "... It's along a canyon so it takes long time to get around it."