The Manzanita Fire, burning east of Highway 79 in Lamb Canyon, grew to 6,309 acres and was 86 percent contained by 7 a.m. Thursday.

Currently, more than 1,300 firefighters, including the Idyllwild Fire Department, are combating the blaze. Three helicopters and eight aircraft are providing air attack.

The fire started Monday afternoon. The apparent cause was a traffic collision between two vehicles. Two patients were transported to hospitals, according to the Cal Fire report.

The evacuation warnings for residents between Highland Home Road, east to Highway 243 including the communities of Poppet Flats and Silent Valley havs been lifted as of 8 a.m. Wednesday.

JP Crumrine can be reached at [email protected]


  1. We are still on a reverse 911 call list, we got a call 20 minutes ago to ‘EVACUATE NOW” regarding this Poppet Flatts fire. Our prayers are with you all, and also that the station does not get closed to budget cuts! Events like this are the reality check that danger is too close to home, all fire stations are a must. We remember and survived the Bee Canyon Fire. YOU’RE STILL THERE IDY!