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Firefighters are currently battling a fire that was first reported around 2:05 p.m. today and has since consumed close to 6000 acres south of Banning and has necessitated the evacuation of numerous residential communities, a fire spokeswoman reported today.
Approximately 1,000 firefighters, 84 engine companies and 13 helicopters have arrived to fight the blaze known as the “Silver Fire,” which first started in the area of Wolfskill Truck Trail and Mt Edna Road, Riverside County Fire Department Spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said.
The blaze has warranted mandatory evacuation notices for the communities of Vista Grande, Mt. Edna, Poppet Flats, Silent Vally and Twin Pines.
Responding agencies include American Medical Response, American Red Cross, Animal Control, Bureau of Land Management, CAL FIRE/Riverside, California Highway Patrol – Indio, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Morongo Fire Department, Orange County Fire Authority and many more, according to Hagemann.
Two firefighters were injured and were transported to hospitals via ground ambulance and one civilian was injured and transported to a hospital via air ambulance. Hagemann could not confirm the extent of the injuries these individuals received.
Evacuation centers have been established in the following areas:
- Hemet High School – 41701 East Stetson Avenue Hemet, Calif.
- Beaumont High School – 39139 Cherry Valley Boulevard Beaumont, Calif.
- Animal Evacuation San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus – 581 South Grand Avenue San Jacinto, Calif.
This is an ongoing report. Check back with IE Grapevine for additional details.