As of 10:40 p.m. Friday, the now 40 acre brush fire that threatened about 50 homes in Palm Springs is now 100 percent contained. An evacuation order for residents in the Racquet Club area west of Highway 111.25 firefighters will remain on scene mopping up throughout the night and into the morning.
As of 10:17 p.m. Friday, the evacuation order in Palm Springs has been lifted.
As of 9:30 p.m. Friday, KESQ News Channel 3 learnedPalm Springs released all but two of its fire crews to watch the fire situation over night.
As of 8:20 p.m. Friday, Palm Springs fire Chief Blake Goetz says the fire is holding at about 40 to 60 acres. It’s about 60% contained. Goetz said that the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was shut down earlier in the day due to the fire. Right now, they’re working on bringing the people down.
Palm Springs Police Chief David Dominguez says the city is “safe and is secure.” If anyone needs other assistance to only call 911 in an emergency.
Fire loss so far is listed as “superficial”: palm trees, some cars, and fencing. No complete structures have been lost. Chief Goetz says this is a “miracle.” At least 50 homes had potential to be damaged. The fire could have destroyed as many as 100 homes Fridaynight. With the way the winds are going, it’s still something to watch.
The fire started nearTramview road and burned south towards Racquet Clubcreating about an hour worth of “significant smoke” in the area.
Chief Goetz gave thanks to other valley fire departments including Cal Fire, Indio Fire Department, Cathedral City Fire Department to name a few.
As of 6:10 p.m., KESQ News Channel 3 has learned two homes caught fire. The homes are in the area of West Racquet Club Road. The fire is being fueled by winds up to 60 and 70 mph. Updated at 8:33 p.m: Chief Goetz says no major damage, no homes have been lost.
A fire flared up around 4:30 p.m., Friday evening in north Palm Springs near Tramway Road, not Tramview as originally reported.
Mandatory Evacuations in the neighborhoods of: Milo and Racquet Club in Palm Springs. About 70 people are now evacuated to this school. Another evacuation area was set up at the Palm Springs Police Training Center.
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