BREAKING NEWS: Silver Fire 95 percent contained, Twin Pines evacuation lifted

California Highway Patrol and Cal Trans work the road block on Hwy 243 and Poppet Flatts Road Sunday afternoon.

Sunday evening, the Riverside Sheriff’s Office stated, “Evacuation Orders for Silent Valley R.V. Park remain closed due to safety concerns and the ongoing fire operations. Hwy 243 remains closed between Banning and Poppet Flats. The Pacific Crest, Marion Mountain and Seven Pines hiking trails remain closed. Marion Mountain, Fern Basin, Dark Canyon, Black Mountain and Boulder Basin campgrounds remain closed.”

All photos are by Jenny Kirchner.

Some unfortunate Twin Pines residents lost everything.

Many signs in the Silver Fire area burned and lay near their original posts.

The Esperanza Engine 57 Memorial survived the Silver Fire. Many Cal Fire firefighters and other units visited site Sunday

Fire crews worked on cutting trees and other clean up on Twin Pines Road Sunday afternoon.

UPDATE 10:15 A.M. (see 9:45 a.m., update for information about evacuations)

The Silver Fire began near Poppet Flats Wednesday afternoon. During it rapid and threatening growth it moved east toward Snow Creek. But the Fire’s southern edge was moving toward the San Jacinto Wilderness.

As of Saturday evening, Aug. 10, Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Superintendent Paul Reisman provided this summary of the Fire’s movement in that direction.

“The Silver Fire has slowed to a crawl the last two days so we are looking good as far as it not reaching the San Jacinto State Wilderness. Heavy on the retardant the last few days, Cal Fire has done a good job slowing it down.

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