The Summit Fire is rapidly spreading west shortly after it started Wednesday afternoon

The Summit Fire in Banning is burning north of Interstate 10 in the hills above the 8th street exit. As of Wednesday morning, about 3,000 acres had burned, some evacuations have already been ordered at the top of 8th Street and on Indian School Lane. Some outbuildings and a structure have been destroyed. The fire is burning westward toward Cherry Valley.

Fire personnel currently on the fire include 671 firefighters, 79 engines, 16 fire crews, 6 air tankers, 6 helicopters, 12 dozers and 1 water tender.

The Summit Fire hovers over the Gilman Historic Ranch house in Banning.

The fire started at 12:38 p.m. Wednesday, May 1.

CAL FIRE tanker dropping fire retardant on the burning area north of Gilman HIstoric Ranch

CAL FIRE air attack helicopter dropping retardant over the Summit Fire

As of this reporting, at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 2, the fire poses no threat to the Idyllwild area, but winds are strong in the Pass area and temperatures are high during the day. The high winds continue to hamper containment efforts, currently at 40 percent contained. Winds are out of the east, blowing westward at 28 mph, gusting to 40 mph and relative humidity is at 10 percent.

Summit Fire approaches radio and other communication antennas in Banning.

Firefighters continue to fight the Summit Fire Wednesday night. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

One of the numerous helicopters helping fight the Summit Fire Wednesday afternoon.