All remaining evacuation warnings related to the “Snow Fire” were lifted Sunday afternoon as firefighters continue to battle the 6,013-acre brush fire burning northwest of Palm Springs.
The blaze, sparked by a vehicle fire, was reported about 2:40 p.m. Thursday in the 15000 block of Snow Creek Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. It was 20% contained as of Sunday morning.
Earlier in the week, the flames had threatened about 450 homes, but mandatory evacuation orders for the Snow Creek area were lifted Sunday morning. The remaining evacuation warnings were rescinded at around 4 p.m. Sunday, including those that had been in place for the Windy Point community.
The CHP reported that the blaze began after a work truck caught fire north of Snow Creek Thursday afternoon and spread to nearby vegetation. Flames have since spread into the San Bernardino National Forest and Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, prompting a multi-agency response.
A total of 215 firefighters were assigned to the firefight from several 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.
A temporary evacuation point was established at the James A. Venable Community Center at 50390 Carmen Ave. in Cabazon, where American Red Cross personnel were providing snacks and water amid COVID-19 safety protocols, and arranging lodging at nearby hotels.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced the American Red Cross to forego setting up congregate shelters in recent months, opting instead to arrange for hotel stays for evacuees with nowhere to go.