A CalFire crew puts out hot spots off of Highway 243 as the Silver Fire continues to burn in the San Jacinto Mountains near Banning, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 9.
Crews battling the Silver Fire Monday morning in Riverside County were close to getting it under control.
The fire was 95 percent contained, and firefighters expected full containment by late Monday or early Tuesday.
The Silver Fire has burned 20,292 acres and destroyed 26 homes in the San Jacinto Mountains since Wednesday. A dozen firefighters have been hurt, and a mountain biker overrun by fast-moving flames was badly burned.
Most evacuees have returned home. The Beaumont High School evacuation center and the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus — where evacuated residents could take their pets — closed Sunday.
About 1,400 firefighters remained on-scene over the weekend. Nine helicopters continued to make water or retardant drops.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a state of emergency in Riverside County. That means Silver Fire victims are eligible for federal aid. The fire has cost about $9 million to fight.
Meanwhile, firefighters will be mopping up the Bee Fire in Santa Clarita. It charred about 100 acres where the Powerhouse Fire burned earlier this summer. And, evacuation orders have been lifted in Wrightwood as the Sharp Fire is no longer threatening homes.