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 to get to. Power lines were down and the right side was spewing flames."
Five engine companies responded and 23 firefighters were on the scene according to the CAL FIRE press release. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported. While the Highway was closed for several hours, it is now reopened.
In an unrelated incident, prior to the fire occurring, Idyllwild Fire responded to a car going over the side of Highway 243 near Marion Ridge Drive. No injuries occurred at this incident either, Reyes said.
The vehicle tumbled nearly 150 feet according to the CHP report.
All photos by Jenny Kirchner.