5:41 P.M. AUG. 8 UPDATE: As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Tram Fire was 100 percent contained and limited to 60 acres. The potential to grow was never large as it was burning in light fuels.
7:30 A.M. AUG. 7 UPDATE: As of midnight, the Tram Fire is 20 percent contained and limited to 60 acres. Fire officials hope to have achieved full containment by this evening.
Winds are none to light at the upper portions of the fire but there are higher winds at the lower portions of the canyon. Due to the steep terrain, this fire will mostly be handled by hand crews and helicopter water drops. The potential for growth is low, according to Forest Service information.
Nearly 200 personnel were assigned to this Fire last night, composing seven engines, four airtankers, one air attack, two helicopters, and six handcrews.
TRAM FIRE 4 P.M., AUG. 6 UPDATE: Forest Service Battalion Chief Chris Fogle is the incident commander battling the Tram Fire in Palm Springs. The fire has now consumed 50 acres.
Nearly 100 personnel are already involved, including 12 engines, two airtankers, one air attack, one lead plane, two helicopters, and two hand crews.
3 P.M.: The Tram Fire started near the employee parking lot of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Palm Springs Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service, in charge of the incident, have responded.
The Tramway is closed.
By 3 p.m., the fire had grown to about 40 acres and smoke was filling the Coachella Valley, according to John Miller, public information officer for the San Bernardino National Forest.