Mountain Fire: Firefighters get upper hand on 27,000 acre wildfire

Mountain Fire

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Wayne Trott and David Atwood wait by their car after being evacuated from Idyllwild, Calif. due to the Mountain Fire.

Mountain Fire

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Wayne Trott smokes a cigarette in his car. He was evacuated from his home in Idyllwild and is waiting in nearby Pine Cove, Calif.

Mountain Fire

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The Mountain Fire has destroyed seven homes and grown to 39 square miles.


The Mountain Fire has burned 27,265 acres but fire crews are being reduced and containment was 68 percent Monday.

Significant rainfall Sunday over the fire area near Idyllwild aided the 1,861 fire personnel working the wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest. The number of fire crews is down from a peak of more than 3,300. Evacuation orders were lifted for residents of Idyllwild and Fern Valley. 

The fire, which started Monday, July 15, destroyed 23 structures, including seven homes. But there were no major injuries to firefighters.

Highway 243 was reopened in the area but the San Bernardino National Forest and Humber Park remained closed along with the Pacific Crest Trail and trails connecting to it.  Evacuation centers were closed Sunday night. 

The total cost of fighting the fire as of Monday is $20.1 million. The cause of the fire is under investigation but officials earlier said it was "human-caused."

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