Palm Springs. I PUT THIS UP BECAUSE IT IS PART OF WHERE I LIVE, THE SKY HAS BEEN BLACK FOR DAYS AND THE ASH COMING DOWN FROM THE FIRE IS GETTING- A LITTLE BETTER. THE ANIMALS ARE PRETTY MUCH TAKEN CARE OF THEY HAVE ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE HELPING OUT TO GET THEM INTO A SAFE PLACE…
THE LITTLE WILD CRETTERS DON’T HAVE A CHANCE..SAD. THE WORSE PART IS THAT THE PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES AND THINGS THAT MAY BE SO IMPORTANT AND SENTIMENTAL…I KNOW I HAD MY HOUSE BURN DOWN IN1990 IT BROKE MY HEART HAD THINGS FROM MY GRANDMOTHERS AND DAD THAT I CHEERISHED, EVERYTIME I SEE THINGS LIKE FIRES FLOODS EARTHQUAKES I FEEL SO SAD FOR THE THE PEOPLE…MAY THE COMMUNITY BE BLESSED AND HAVE ENOUGH STRENGTH THROUGH THEIR FAITH IN GOD TO OVER COME…AND THAT AIN’T EASY. BUT FAITH WILL MAKE IT EASIER..
Working in searing conditions and aided by water-dropping aircraft, crews cleared paths and laid down red-colored fire retardant on the outskirts of Idyllwild and several nearby communities — an effort to contain the flames and keep them from residential areas.
“That’s our primary goal,” said Bob Poole, a fire information officer with the U.S. Forest Service, who noted the blaze came as close as 2 1/2 miles to Idyllwild. “But fire sometimes is unpredictable.”
In all, about 3,000 firefighters have fought the flames, which torched 22,800 acres and was only 15% contained by Thursday afternoon.
Firefighters weren’t helped by the weather. Daytime temperatures remained in the 90s and weren’t expected to ease until Friday, when a cooling trend could begin.
Forecasts show rising chances of humidity and rain Friday, but also possible thunderstorms, which could start more fires.
“It’s kind of good news, bad news,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Harrison.
The blaze began Monday afternoon just south of town and spread quickly, fueled by dry trees, chaparral and underbrush. Six homes were lost in the fire’s early stages. No deaths have been attributed to the fire, but three firefighters were treated for minor injuries.
Investigators said they believed the fire was man-made but had not determined a precise cause.
On Thursday afternoon, charred rock formations and blackened trees were visible at some spots along the winding roads leading to Idyllwild. Plumes of smoke formed a gray canopy in the sky, darkening the San Jacinto Mountains and raining hot embers.
By Rick Rojas and Kurt Streeter