Silver Fire’ Burns 2,500 Acres Near Banning, Prompts Highway 243 Closure

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
August 7, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A brush fire, dubbed the “Silver Fire,” was burning south of Banning, located in Southern California’s Riverside County, prompting a response from fire crews.

The fire was burning near Highway 243 and it was later closed down.

The Riverside County Fire Department said on its website that the fire burned 2,500 acres in an hour and at a “critical rate.” It also ordered mandatory evacuations for nearby communities of Poppet Flats, Silent Valley, and Twin Pines, setting up an evacuation area at the Hemet High School.

ABC reported that the fire was burning close to Poppet Flats Road.

The fire had burned 300 acres as of 3:15 p.m. in only an hour, said the Riverside County Fire Department. The department did not elaborate on how much was contained.

At least 450 firefighters, 51 engine companies, and air support were called in.

The wildfire is located around 20 miles north-northwest of where the recent Mountain Fire started, according to NBC.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.