by Publisher CoachellaValley | September 18, 2020 9:22 am
On Saturday night CalFire Riverside County lifted the evacuation order for the Snow Creek Village community at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains in unincorporated Palm Springs.
Residents were told to leave on Thursday after a fire sparked in the nearby brush when a vehicle pulled to the side of Snow Creek Road while it was on fire.
“Very good success over the last few days especially yesterday. What you see is just a lot of hotspots, they’re burning at the lower end of the canyon, we do have some hand crews there and some engine companies back in there. They’re working, they’re letting some of the stuff burn out just so we have a nice clear area,” said Capt. Fernando Herrera, Riverside County Fire Department and CalFire.
As of Saturday night the fire scorched 6,013 acres and reached 15% containment.
Snow Fire Near Palm Springs Reaches 4,200 Acres, 5% Containment as of last night. Photo by Scott Collins / Coachella Valley
An estimated 450 homes were threatened Friday as firefighters battling a 4,200-acre brush fire sparked by a vehicle fire northwest of Palm Springs contended with gusty winds within the fire area.
As of 8 a.m. Friday, the Snow Fire had reached 2,500 acres (4 square miles) with NO containment, the Riverside County Fire Department said.
The blaze, dubbed the Snow fire, was reported at 2:38 p.m. Thursday in the Snow Creek community northwest of Palm Springs, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
At 7:30 p.m., the fire had ballooned to 1,200 acres , officials said. By Friday morning, it had grown to 2,500 acres and was still 0% contained.
The community of Snow Creek has been ORDERED to evacuate due to the growing vegetation fire. A car fire possibly ignited the blaze that has now burned 2500 acres. Captain Fernando Herrera said there are 200-300 homes that could be threatened.
Current Weather Concerns:
Hot Temperatures, low Humidity, and wind challenges due to fire location in the San Gorgonio Pass.
A fire that began Thursday afternoon in the foothills near Palm Springs grew to 1,200 acres within five hours and prompted the evacuation of the community of Snow Creek.
EVACUATION WARNING: South of Overture Drive. North of Overture Drive. East of Clearwater Way. West of Highway 111.
EVACUATION ORDER: For the entire Snowcreek area. North of Cottonwood Road. Southeast of Snowcreek Road. West of Falls Creek.
A temporary evacuation point has been established: 50390 Carmen Avenue, Cabazon, CA 92230.
The vegetation fire was reported at 2:38 p.m. yesterday, off Snowcreek Canyon Road, the Riverside County Fire Department said. The community of about 20 homes was ordered evacuated.
Snow Creek is 8 miles northwest of Palm Springs. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through it on the way from the San Jacinto crest to Interstate 10 near Cabazon.
A warning was issued for the Cove and Santiago Sun Canyon neighborhoods, off Palm Canyon Drive to the east.
A Vehicle fire sparked this fast moving 2500-acre brush fire Thursday in the San Jacinto Mountains near Palm Springs, California.
FROM THURSDAY COACHELLA VALLEY FACEBOOK:
PALM SPRINGS, CA — A vehicle fire sparked a 200-acre brush fire Thursday in the San Jacinto Mountains near Palm Springs, which was reported to be burning at a “critical” rate of spread.
The blaze was reported about 2:40 p.m. in the 15000 block of Snow Creek Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
There were 117 firefighters assigned to the firefight from multiple agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service. They were being assisted by four Cal Fire aircraft and two water-dropping helicopters.
The CHP reported that a work truck caught fire, which spread to nearby vegetation. The CHP also said the brush fire was nearing a structure with a propane tank, and that high winds were advancing the flames.
For updates on evacuations, including warnings, see the county’s official incident map.
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