San Jacinto Fire Update


Mount San Jacinto 07/21/2013 10 a.m.
Mount San Jacinto 07/21/2013 10 a.m.

The San Jacintos are shrouded in clouds. A light rain fell overnight, dropping 0.78 inches of rain on the desert floor overnight. Good news. Hopefully any additional rain will be light, so our fire fighters are not endangered by flash floods. A flash flood warning is in place for the desert.

The fire has consumed just over 27,000 acres over a 40 square mile area. As of last night, the fire is 49% contained. Cost of fighting the fire, so far, is $18.4 million.

How extensive the fire damage is still speculation.


Map from the website:
Map from the website:

Some of the landmarks and areas of interest in the fire perimeter include:

  • The Pacific Crest Trail from Cedar Springs to Red Tahquitz
  • Cedar Springs
  •  Garnet Ridge
  • Jo Pond Trail from Cedar Springs almost to Hermits Bench
  • Birthday Flat
  • Dos Palmas Spring area
  • Palm View Peak
  • Fobes Canyon
  • Fobes Saddle
  • Spitler Peak
  • Apache Peak
  • Apache Spring
  • Antsell Rock
  • South Peak
  • Red Tahquitz
  • Skunk Cabbage Meadow
  • Laws Camp
  • Hidden Lake
  • Hidden Divide
  • Desert View
  • Tahquitz Canyon
  • Andreas Canyon
  • Andreas Falls
  • Murray Canyon
  • Johnson Meadow
  • May Valley
  • Apple Canyon
  • The Zen Center
  • K Flat
  • Duchess Canyon

It should be noted that our fire fighters bravely worked in the Hidden Divide area to prevent the fire from coming over the ridge into Round, Tamarak, and Long Valleys.
The Palm Springs Tram remains closed to the public and is being used to transport and support our fire fighters. All trails in the area are closed until further notice.


Our forest will recover. For me, I will be hiking my favorite trails and looking forward to watching the wilderness come back to life. Of course, I would have preferred that the fire had not destroyed so much of the area I have been hiking since 1977.

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