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Fire drill to be held on Hill in spring

A large scale, wildland-urban interface fire exercise will be held Thursday morning, May 22, in the Idyllwild and Pine Cove communities. Organized by the Riverside County Fire Chief’s Association, the exercise will allow fire, law enforcement and animal service agencies to field-simulate a major fire rapidly approaching the two communities.   The exercise will focus […]

Santa Ana winds introduce fire threat for weekend

Fire danger in Southern California is significantly higher this weekend. A Santa Ana wind event combined with near record low fuel moisture is posing a substantial fire threat until Monday or Tuesday. The National Weather Service has forecast a red flag warning from early Friday morning, Oct. 4 through Sunday evening, Oct.6 State and federal […]

Little Fire near Thomas Mountain

Little Fire near Thomas Mountain

UPDATE 7:30 A.M., WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28 The Little Fire is now 85 percent contained and its size remains at 97 acres. Fire crews have made excellent progress on the fire, and have been assisted by the cooler temperatures and higher humidity over the past two days, according to the Forest Service. Staffing has been reduced […]

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.

Fire meetings Aug. 23 and Aug. 29

Assemblyman Brian Nestande has organized a “Fire Suppression Roundtable” in Palm Springs, Friday Aug. 23. The following Thursday, Aug. 29, Riverside County is sponsoring a community workshop for people who lost homes or personal property because of the Mountain or Silver Fires. This meeting will be in Beaumont. For details of both meetings, see below. […]

Cause of Strong Fire undetermined; human involvement certain

By J.P. Crumrine News Editor Cal Fire has released the results of its investigation of the Aug. 5 Strong Fire to the Idyllwild Fire Protection District. Once secured, IFPD handed the investigation to Cal Fire. Cal Fire Battlion Chief Julie Hutchison stressed that the agency was not able to determine the actual cause nor rule […]

Silent Valley now open

The evacuation order for the community of Silent Valley has been lifted according to a multi-agency press release. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the evacuation order for Silent Valley on the recommendation of all fire agencies. The official lifting of the order will be 2 p.m., today, Aug. 12. However, “The Silent Valley […]

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

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

UPDATE 7:15 A.M., Monday, Aug. 12 The Silver Fire news this morning, Aug. 12, is both good and tough. The fire’s size is now estimated to be 20,292 acres and it is 95 percent contained. Another firefighter sustained some injury. Details were not available. Eleven firefighters were hurt to some extent battling this Fire and […]

Strong Fire out, but was burning in Idyllwild

Strong Fire out, but was burning in Idyllwild

The Strong Fire has been quickly contained. The fire was reported shortly after noon today, Aug. 5. It started near Strong Drive and was moving south towards Tahquitz View Drive. Firefighters from Idyllwild Fire Department, Cal Fire, and the U.S. Forest Service immediately surrounded the blaze, which produced several clouds of smoke. At this time […]

243 Fire and a vehicle drives off Highway 243

243 Fire and a vehicle drives off Highway 243

Wednesday night, May 22, was busy and dangerous for local fire crews. A house on Highway 243 near Foster Lake burned. The “243’ Fire was reported about 11:45 p.m. “We and Station 23 [Pine Cove] reached the scene about the same time,” said Capt. James Reyes, Idyllwild Fire Department. “It was on hill and tough […]

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