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J.P. Crumrine is editor of the Town Crier. He can be reached at

Little Fire burns near Thomas Mountain

The Little Fire, near the top of Thomas Mountain in Garner Valley, has burned 97 acres. The fire started just after 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and was 70 percent contained as of Tuesday. The higher humidity and cooler temperatures have helped firefighters Monday, but there was little rain in the area, according to Lee […]

Historic board recommends review permit

The Local Review Board for the Idyllwild Historic Preservation District last week recommended a historic alteration permit form to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. County planning staff revised its proposed form at the urging of the review board. When approved officially, the form must accompany proposed architectural changes to properties, which contribute to the […]

Idyllwild Water moves forward on Tollgate project

Idyllwild Water moves forward on Tollgate project

At its Aug. 21 meeting, the Board of Directors for the Idyllwild Water District approved the initial study for the Tollgate tank and pipeline project and adopted a mitigated negative declaration and monitoring plan. No comments were received before the public hearing opened and no member of the public attended the hearing. The proposed 300,000-gallon […]

Idyllwild voters choose Layton, Charles-Stigall, and Andrewson

Two new faces will join the Idyllwild Fire Protection District Commission in December. Nancy Layton, the leading vote getter, and Rhonda Andrewson will join incumbent Commission President Jeannine Charles-Stigall on the Commission. Only 22 votes separated the top three candidates. The fourth candidate, former Fire Chief Steve Kunkle finished a distant fourth, 64 votes behind […]

Firefighting budget draining

The number of wildland fires and the unusually dry weather caused the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group to increase the national fire preparedness level to its highest point, PL-5, which signals very high activity. Summer 2008 was the last time the preparedness level was raised to five and the fifth time in 10 years. The raised […]

Mountain Fire victims can speak to Small Business Adminstration Thursday in Idyllwild

On Thursday, Aug. 29, the Riverside County Fire Department Office of Emergency Services will host an informational meeting for business owners affected by the July Mountain Fire. The meeting will be held at the Idyllwild Nature Center, 25225 Highway 243 in Idyllwild and will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Representatives from the Federal Small Business […]

Photos of the Little Fire

Photos of the Little Fire

All of the photos below were taken by Jenny Kirchner. The Little Fire is burning from Little Thomas Mountain in Garner Valley, north toward Lake Hemet.

PC water use declines in July

Total 2013 water production for the Pine Cove Water District is 2.7 percent more than the comparable seven-month 2012 period. “Production for July was 3.5 million gallons, a little bit less than the past two years,” General Manager Jerry Holldber told the board. “In the past, you could always count on 4.5 to 5 million […]

Fern Valley water production growing

In 2013, water production has increased and well water is a much larger portion of Fern Valley Water District’s production. For the first half of 2013, the district’s production was 8 percent greater than the same period in 2012. Firefighters’ need for water during the Mountain Fire contributed to an increase in July, General Manager […]

IFPD actively involved in recent fires

The spate of recent fires dominated the discussion at the recent Idyllwild Fire Protection District commission meeting. IFPD was very busy during each of them, Chief Patrick Reitz reported. Often the department was receiving more than two calls per minute with questions about the fires’ status. While IFPD was a cooperating agency during the Mountain […]

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