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.
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.
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.