IDYLLWILD, Calif. (KTLA) — Mandatory
evacuations were expanded Wednesday to include the entire town of Idyllwild as the Mountain fire continued to burn out of control in Riverside County.
The evacuation notice was in effect for all of Fern Valley, Idyllwild, and adjacent communities east of Highway 243, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The blaze was reported Monday afternoon near the junction of Highway 243 and Highway 74.
It was burning in rugged terrain east of the Mountain Center and Apple Canyon areas, in the southern portion of the San Jacinto Wilderness.
It had charred 14,200 acres and was still just 10 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.
More than 2,200 firefighters were assigned to the blaze, according to an update from the U.S. Forest Service.
Threeand three residences were destroyed in Bonita Vista, and one residence was damaged, according to the Forest Service.
In Pine Springs, one commercial building, a workshop, a garage and a cabin were destroyed, Forest Service officials said.
There were no damages in the Zen Mountain Center area.
In addition to the structures, there were a total of 11 outbuildings and 4-6 vehicles destroyed, officials said.
There were mandatory evacuations for the Living Free Animal Sanctuary, Fleming Ranch, the community of Bonita Vista (20 homes) and the Zen Mountain Center.
Mandatory evacuations were also in place for Andreas Canyon Club — the 24 homes south of Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.
Additionally, around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Camp Ronald McDonald was evacuated.
Highway 243 was closed between Saunders Meadow Road and the junction of Highway 74, but Highway 74 remained open.
Additionally, thewas closed from State Highway 74 to Saddle Junction.
All connector trails to the PCT were also closed, including South Ridge Trail, Carumba Trail, Spitler Peak Trail, Fobes Trail and Cedar Springs.
A new Red Cross evacuation center was set up Wednesday at Beaumont High School at 39139 Cherry Valley Blvd.
A Red Cross shelter was set up at Hemet High School, located at 41701 E. Stetson Ave. in Hemet.
Another shelter was also set up at Hamilton High School, at 57430 Mitchell Rd. in Anza. It can also accept small animals.
A large and small
animal shelter has been opened at Lake Hemet campground in Garner Valley.
Small animals can also be brought to the San Jacinto Animal Shelter, at 581 S. Grand Ave. in San Jacinto.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation.
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