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Idyllwild resident prepares to evacuate as Mountain Fire continues




Trees and brush burned by the Mountain Fire.
Trees and brush burned by the Mountain Fire.
Trees and brush burned by the Mountain Fire.
Idyllwild, Calif. is under mandatory evacuation due to the Mountain Fire that has consumed 39 square miles.
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Trees and brush burned by the Mountain Fire.
Wayne Trott smokes a cigarette in his car. He was evacuated from his home in Idyllwild and is waiting in nearby Pine Cove, Calif.
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Trees and brush burned by the Mountain Fire.
The Mountain Fire has destroyed seven homes and grown to 39 square miles.
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Trees and brush burned by the Mountain Fire.
Farmers work in a field in Hemet, Calif. while the Mountain Fire burns on July 19th, 2013.
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Trees and brush burned by the Mountain Fire.
Smoke billows from the Mountain Fire.
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The Mountain Fire continues to burn in the mountains above Palm Springs, and about 25,000 acres have burned since the fire began Monday afternoon.

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The fire is roughly 15 percent contained and about 6,000 people remain evacuated. Photographer John Drake lives in the town of Idyllwild, which is currently threatened by the fire.

He joins us from his home where he is getting ready to leave -- for the second time.