Flats fire engulfs 2 homes near Palm Desert as firefighters battle blaze amid heat wave
The Flats fire, which is 30% contained, is still threatening Riverside County mountain communities, including Pinyon Crest.
AdvertisementResidents of the Pinyon Crest neighborhood are still under a mandatory evacuation order, while an evacuation warning is in place for the eastern part of Pinyon Pines.“The interior areas of the fire are definitely still burning, still smoldering,” said Lisa Cox, a San Bernardino National Forest spokesperson. “There’s going to be a lot of hot spots for them to work on for the next days and into weeks.”
The closures of roads and several recreational areas also remained in place Monday morning.Highway 74 is closedbetween Highway 371 near Garner Valley/Anza and Palowet Drive in Palm Desert. Residents are allowed beyond the Highway 371 closure up to Pinyon Drive to access areas that are not under a mandatory evacuation.
The Cactus Spring Trail and Pinyon and Ribbonwood campgrounds are closed. Other trails, overlooks, forest roads and yellow post sites — scattered, back-roads campsites — near the highway closure are inaccessible.One firefighter was injured in the blaze, and officials are concerned a headtopics.com
regional heat wavewill complicate the battle against the fire.Temperatures in the area on Monday could climb to 102 degrees, Cox said, and “the main concern is going to be firefighter heat illness.”Light winds of 4 to 10 mph are also expected throughout the afternoon, which will “test their containment lines a little bit,” she added.Read more: Los Angeles Times »
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