Silver Fire: Evacuation orders lifted for most areas, at 90 percent containment

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Update 5:20 p.m.: Evacuation orders lifted for most areas

Evacuation orders have been lifted for residents of most areas affected by the Silver Fire,  officials told KPCC Sunday, though those who live in Silent Valley RV Club, which was evacuated Thursday.  

Crews continued to make progress on the fire Sunday, which is now 90 percent contained. The burned area expanded slightly, growing to 20,292 acres. 

Marion Mountain, Fern Basin, Dark Canyon, Black Mountain, and Boulder Basin campgrounds remain closed, along with trails in the surrounding area.

Update 9:28 a.m.: Crews gain on wildfire burning near Banning

Firefighters are making progress battling Southern California's latest destructive wildfire, which has burned 26 homes and threatened more than 500 others in the San Jacinto Mountains.

The so-called Silver Fire, which charred 30 square miles in three days, is 75 percent contained. The fire stopped advancing Saturday as firefighters focused on extinguishing hot spots.

Full containment is expected Monday, Riverside Press Enterprise reporter John Asbury told KPCC. 

The Air Quality Index report for areas surrounding the fire is at 161 Sunday — unhealthy. Older adults and children should avoid being outside and those who need to be outdoors should keep exertion to a minimum. according to the AirNow site.

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The blaze injured 10 firefighters and seriously burned a mountain biker who was overrun by the fast-moving flames on Wednesday.

At its peak, the fire forced the evacuation of 1,800 people, including 800 campers, but orders have been lifted for all evacuees.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency for the area Friday, freeing up additional funds and resources for the firefight and recovery.

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