Update on Silver Fire from Riverside County Fire Department



DATE AND TIME:                  August 8, 2013     1900 hours     

PREPARED BY:                       Riverside County Fire Department

                                                         Office of Emergency Services

                                                         Phone: (951) 955-4700

                                                         Email: rvceoc@fire.ca.gov




Humidity 21%

Wind: South Southeast 2 MPH gusts at  6 MPH

(National Weather Service – Last Update on 08 Aug 4:11 pm PDT)


The Federal Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) has been approved by FEMA.


Assemblyman Perez sent a letter, along with the County’s proclamation, to the Governor today requesting his support for CDAA and SBA disaster assistance related to the Silver Fire.


At approximately 1405 hours on August 7, 2013, a wildland fire was reported south of Banning in Poppet Flats and is estimated to be 11,000 acres and is 10% contained.  Southern California Gas Company is monitoring the situation and has reported that no company facilities have been impacted thus far. The Incident Command Post is at Noble Creek (Oak Valley Parkway and Elm Avenue). As soon as the fire activity subsides, we will deploy Damage Assessment Teams to the fire site to conduct an assessment. The team will consist of key personnel from Environmental Health, Building & Safety, Riverside County Fire-OES and the CalFire State Fire Marshall’s office.

  • Medical/Health Branch Staff has continued to survey the long-term care facilities (SNFs) and hospitals to asses the smoke impact. All facilities reported that the smoke has shifted away from their facilities, but they are using precautions (e.g., closing doors, sealing off windows, HVAC). They have all reported that they are able to manage their challenges and are not requesting any resources at this time. Two pharmacists are on-call to answer questions that evacuees may have. The ambulance strike team has been released and an advanced life support ambulance is stationed at the ICP. Staffing patterns have been set up through Sunday for the shelters.
  • Environmental Health (DEH) has been coordinating with CDPH and has proactively identified water systems in the fire area.  These water systems include Twin Pines Boys Ranch, Silent Valley Club, High Valley Water District (receives water from City of Banning) and Skyland Ranch – DEH will continue to monitor the situation/systems and will make contact with the system operators to assess any impacts.  Monitoring will continue for several days and will include identification of any issues as repopulation occurs.
  • The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) has been providing personnel to augment staffing requirements at the Beaumont and Hemet High Schools. Staffing schedules are in place for through Saturday and can be expanded or contracted as required.
  • The Department of Animal Services has deployed teams to the ICP and surrounding areas to assist with animal evacuations, as needed. They have also opened the San Jacinto Animal Shelter to temporarily house large and small animals for owners that have been evacuated or for stray animals that are found in the area. As of 1500 hours, 17 animals are being housed at the shelter. They have received a few calls for welfare checks in the evacuation area and have been allowed into to the Poppet Flats area to conduct the evacuations. A water tender has been ordered to water cows that are being sheltered in place.
  • The Department of Mental Health has provided staff at each shelter to assist constituents as needed.
  • Southern California Edison has been approved to use Twin Pines Boys Camp and the Idyllwild Resource Center as the lay down area for repair staging. There are 213 homes without power as of 1600 hours and Edison is working on getting it restored.
  • 2-1-1 is up and running; they have opened their phone bank to in-coming calls and gathering information from the residents who are inquiring about the status of their property and working with the County EOC on the completion of a donations management plan with OES and VOAD.
  • RACES members are in a monitoring mode and have verified that a remote repeater is working, if a need arises.
  • County PIO has placed a link on the County’s main website page which will direct them to the Riverside County Fire Departments website for additional. Staffing at the EOC has been set up through Sunday and will be activated from 7:00am to 8:00pm each day.


Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for:

  • Poppet Flats
  • Silent Valley RV Park
  • Twin Pines
  • Twin Pines Ranch – boys youth camp
  • Mount Edna
  • Vista Grande
  • Diamond Zen Center
  • Parts of Cabazon – Peach Street, Plum Street, Eucalyptus Street, Riza Street and Helen Avenue East to Elm Street
  • Black Mountain Campground (closed through August 15th)
  • Boulder Basin Campground (closed through August 15th)
  • Snow Creek

Evacuation Warnings:

  • Camp Azalea
  • Ida Avenue
  • Lower Cabazon


Highway 243 is closed at Wesley (north) and Azalea Trail (south).


Hemet High School – population 0; registered 14 (as of 1000 hours)

41701 E. Stetson Ave.

Hemet, CA  92544

Beaumont High School – population: 4; registered 41 (as of 1300 hours)

39139 Cherry Valley Blvd.

Beaumont, CA  92223

Small and large animals:

San Jacinto Animal Shelter – population: 17 (as of 1300 hours)

581 S. Grand Ave.

San Jacinto, CA  92582

Phone; (951) 791-3720


The American Red Cross has set up their “Safe and Well” evacuee locator system at www.redcross.org.

The 2-1-1 phone system will be activated as of 1200 hours to assist callers with general questions about the incident.

Those who have reservations at Black Mountain or Boulder Basin campgrounds should contact Reserve America at 1-877-444-6777.


The Riverside EOC was upgraded to Level 2 as of 1043 hours.

If your city or jurisdiction activates and/or is experiencing damage, please immediately notify Riverside County EOC


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