Three firefighters suffered slight smoke inhalation injuries in the first hours of the fire, which has destroyed 23 structures, including seven residences, authorities said. An area of more than 6,000 acres of the fire-charred land is part of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians'reservation, according to the tribe.

A total of 3,478 firefighters, 260 engines, two DC-10s and eight other fixed-wing aircraft, 20 helicopters, 30 water tenders and 15 bulldozers were deployed in battling the blaze as of Friday night.

The Palm Springs Tramway remains closed due to smoke concerns, we also learned Saturday that firefighters are using the tram to shuttle crews to the upper station to clear areas around the tramway station in case flames begin to move in that direction.