Silver Fire evacuation centers and road information

August 7th, 2013 | by Brian Indrelunas | Comments

Dave Clark of Twin Pines —  one of the communities evacuated Wednesday as the Silver Fire burned —  tells some neighbors by phone that their home is OK as his own burns. (Richard Lui, The Desert Sun)

Dave Clark of Twin Pines — one of the communities evacuated Wednesday as the Silver Fire burned — tells some neighbors by phone that their home is OK as his own burns. (Richard Lui, The Desert Sun)

The Silver Fire burning south of Banning prompted a mandatory evacuation order Thursday for Snow Creek, a community south of Highway 111 near Palm Springs.

Earlier, evacuations were ordered in parts of Cabazon — Peach Street, Plum Street, Eucalyptus Street, Riza Avenue, Ida Avenue, Helen Avenue east to Elm Street — as well as Poppet Flats, Silent Valley and Twin Pines.

Evacuation warnings for Cabazon from Elm east to Snow Creek and the Black Mountain and Boulder Basin campgrounds and Black Mountain Lookout were issued Thursday afternoon. People there were not required to leave.

EVACUATION CENTERS:
• Hemet High School, 41-701 E. Stetson Ave.
• Beaumont High School, 39-139 Cherry Valley Blvd.

The Desert Sun’s Tatiana Sanchez reports that although shelters usually close if fewer than six people stay there, the Silver Fire shelters planned to stay open in case more areas are evacuated.

“We’ll be here as long as they need us,” Denise Mortati, a registered nurse with the Riverside County chapter of the American Red Cross, told Sanchez.

ANIMAL EVACUATION CENTER:
• San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, 581 S. Grand Ave., San Jacinto

OTHER OPTIONS:
Shadow Hills RV Resort, 40-655 Jefferson St. in Indio, says evacuees with an RV or travel trailer can stay for free until the fire is contained.
Guide Dogs of the Desert in Whitewater says it can help house animals in crates and asked anyone seeking the group’s help to call (760) 329-6257.
• Hotels across the Coachella Valley are offering discounted rates for evacuees.

EVACUATION ROUTE: From communities evacuated Wednesday, take Highway 74 into Hemet, the sheriff’s department said. From Snow Creek, take Highway 111 north.

ROAD CLOSURE: Highway 243 is closed between Banning and Azalea Trail in Poppet Flats, the department said.

Related: Silver Fire closures and cancellations in the Coachella Valley

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