Idyllwild Fire Burns 14,200 Acres: Unpredictable Flames Force Evacuations [RAW VIDEO]
The devastating Idyllwide fire, located among the mountains west of Palm Springs, has incinerated residential structures and vehicles and has led to the evacuation of many residents. According to the LA Times, the wildfire ignited on Monday just east of Apple Canyon and the area affected by fire doubled by Tuesday. As of Wednesday, the Idyllwide fire spans over 14,000 acres of land and is burning out of control.
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Thick brush and trees burnt at an elevation of 5,000 to 7,500 feet. Flames climbed 100 feet high over areas that have not been burned for 35 years.
Firefighters are struggling to contain the fire as triple-digit temperatures fuel old timber and dry brush. More than 25,000 firefighters and 25 aircrafts have been dispatched to fight the fire. Only 10 percent of the Idyllwide fire has been contained.
"It's hot, it's dry, it's windy and it's really dry brush," said Forest Service spokesman Lee Beyer on Tuesday.
For now, the fire is generally moving towards the desert in the east and away from a small community of homes up in the San Jacinto mountains. However, not only has the been fire intense, but high shifting winds mean that the Idyllwild fire could potentially sweep back towards more homes.
"It's a rapidly changing animal," said a concerned Lee Beyer.
Thankfully, firefighters experienced relief amid the crisis when they managed to contain fire from engulfing the Zen Mountain Center.
"Honestly, we thought that the structure destruction was greater than it is," Forest Service spokesman John Miller said.
"We really thought it was gone," Miller continued. "The crews hung on and saved it."
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