Fire shuts down state park and tram

July 18th, 2013 | by Skip Descant | Comments
Smoke from the Mountain Fire drift into the Banning pass on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. (Richard Lui The Desert Sun)

Smoke from the Mountain Fire drift into the Banning pass on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
(Richard Lui The Desert Sun)

The Mountain Fire that has consumed nearly 23,000 acres in the rugged terrain around Palm Springs is now reportedly about one to two miles from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Mountain Station.

The tram is closed until at least 10:30 a.m. State park officials closed the Mount San Jacinto State Park yesterday out of concern for the “safety of our visitors,” wrote Lena Zimmerschied, public affairs manager for the  Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

“Proximity of the fire is a consideration as is the smoke,” she added via email.

MOUNTAIN FIRE: Full coverage at mydesert.com/mountainfire

The fire, which has been burning since Monday, is being battled by nearly 2,900 fighters and remains only 15 percent contained. Some 6,000 residents have been evacuated from villages like Idyllwild and Fern Valley.

On Tuesday, Paul Reisman, a superintendent with the California Department of Parks and Recreation told the Mount San Jacinto Winter Park Authority board during a meeting the area would be “pretty safe unless something drastic happens.”

 

 

 

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