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Mountain Fire may soon become California’s largest wildfire this year

July 18th, 2013 | by James Meier | Comments

  The 24,818-acre Mountain Fire in the San Jacinto Mountains above Palm Springs isn’t the only blaze burning in California, but it’s certainly the largest right now and likely to become the largest California has seen so far this year.

   Back in May/June, Cal Fire officials knocked down the 30,274-acre Powerhouse Fire near Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County. Due to a source error, we originally suggested the state’s largest fire so far this year was the Spring Fire in Ventura County back in May. That was about 24,000 acres.

   Firefighters have recently fully contained a few other California wildfires.

   However, the Tassajara Fire in the Los Padres National Forest ignited at 1 p.m. Wednesday and, as of noon Thursday, was listed at 169 acres. Like the Mountain Fire, a lot of it is burning in a forest area that’s inaccessible to ground vehicles.

   The good news in fighting that fire, though, is humidity is about 40 percent and the temperature is 68 degrees compared to the 5-10 percent humidity and 100 degrees for the Mountain Fire.

   Stay tuned to mydesert.com all day and all week for updates on the Mountain Fire and how it’s affecting the Coachella Valley and San Jacinto Mountain populations.

Here's a view of the Mountain Fire from The Desert Sun building, which is off Gene Autry Trail and across from the Palm Springs Air Museum. Some of the fire has made its way onto the Coachella Valley's side of the San Jacinto Mountains. The fire began early Monday afternoon.

Here’s a noon Thursday view of the Mountain Fire from The Desert Sun building, which is off Gene Autry Trail and across from the Palm Springs Air Museum. Some of the fire has made its way onto the Coachella Valley’s side of the San Jacinto Mountains. The fire began early Monday afternoon.

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