A brush fire sparked by a vehicle fire in the San Jacinto Mountains near Palm Springs blackened about 1,200 acres and was burning at a “critical” rate of spread Thursday evening, prompting evacuation orders.
The blaze was reported about 2:40 p.m. in the 15000 block of Snow Creek Road and was 0% contained as of 6:30 p.m., according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Nearly 215 firefighters were assigned to the firefight from multiple agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. They were being assisted by four Cal Fire aircraft and two water-dropping helicopters.
The CHP reported that a work truck caught fire, which spread to nearby vegetation. The CHP also said the brush fire was nearing a structure with a propane tank, and that high winds were advancing the flames.
The fire had burned 1,200 acres by 7:30 p.m. and evacuation orders were issued for the entire Snowcreek area, north of Cottonwood Road, southeast of Snowcreek Road and west of Falls Creek.
Evacuation warnings were issued for homes south of Overture Drive, north of Overture Drive, east of Clearwater Way and west of Highway 111, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Officials established a temporary evacuation point at 50390 Carmen Ave. in Cabazon.
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