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Approximate Location

33.705 latitude, -116.726 longitude

Incident Overview

August 12, 2013 – A flare-up near Skunk Cabbage Meadows within the fire perimeter is generated a large column of smoke that was visible from the mountain communities. Additional aircraft and crews were mobiizled to work this 3.5 acre flare-up within the fire perimeter.

August 13, 2013 - light smoke is visible from the Mountain fire. This area contains considerable timber and will generate smoke until the fire is completely extinguished which may take months.


The Mountain Fire started at 1:43 PM on July 15, 2013 near the junction of Highway 243 and Highway 74. It burned east of Mountain Center, through the Apple Canyon and Bonita Vista areas, and then along the Desert Divide and southern portion of the San Jacinto Wilderness.

The fire is now 100% contained. Hard working fire crews continue to mop up hot spots within the interior of the burn. Residents and visitors may still see some smoke towards the north end of the fire, due to the heavy fuels within the perimeter of the fire.


A Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) is now conducting a rapid assessment of the fire area. The BAER team will assess the fire damage and determine if immediate actions are necessary. Actions may include work to help stabilize soil; control water, sediment and debris movement; prevent impairment of ecosystems; mitigate significant threats to health, safety, life property and downstream values at risk. For more information on BAER, please click here:


CAL FIRE Investigators have determined the cause of the Mountain Fire to be an electrical equipment failure on private property.


Trails closed include: The Pacific Crest trail from Highway 74 to the junction with the South Ridge Trail and trails connecting to the Pacific Crest Trail, including: Carumba, Spitler Peak, Fobes, and Cedar Springs Trail.

Portions of the San Jacinto Wilderness & San Jacinto State Park Wilderness remain closed - please visit this website for more information: or call the Idyllwild Ranger Station at 909-382-2922 (closed Wed/Thurs)

All hiking and mountain biking trails out of Hurkey Creek County Campground Area / May Valley Area are still closed.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 15th, 2013 approx. 01:43 PM
LocationMountain Center
Incident CommanderRoss

Current Situation

Total Personnel35
Size27,531 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Chaparral and Timber

Significant Events

Fire continues to smolder in heavy down/dead material in the northwest section of the fire with occasional flare-ups


Planned Actions

Crews are continuing to mop up and patrol. A Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) is now conducting a rapid assessment of the fire area. The BAER team will assess the fire damage and determine if immediate actions are necessary.

Projected Incident Activity



Fire management transitioned to a San Bernardino National Forest Type 4 (Local) Team at 6:00 am on 7/30

Unit Information

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San Bernardino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
602 South Tippecanoe Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92408

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