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The Silver Fire was a wildfire that burned in the San Jacinto Mountains south of Banning and Cabazon in Riverside County, California on August 2013.[1] The fire, which started close to Poppet Flats Road near Highway 243, was first reported on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at around 2:05 pm, just south of Banning. By Friday, August 9, the wildfire was a reported 18,000 acres in size and Gov. Jerry Brown had declared a state of emergency in the fire area.[2]

Silver Fire
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The Silver fire burning in the San Jacinto mountains south of Banning on Wednesday, August 7.
LocationSan Jacinto Mountains, Riverside County, California
Coordinates33°51′42″N 116°54′15″W / 33.86157°N 116.90427°W / 33.86157; -116.90427Coordinates: 33°51′42″N 116°54′15″W / 33.86157°N 116.90427°W / 33.86157; -116.90427
Cost$9.9 million (2013 USD)
Date(s)August 7, 2013 (2013-08-07) – August 12, 2013 (2013-08-12)
Burned area20,292 acres (82 km2)
Silver Fire is located in southern California
Silver Fire
Location of fire in Southern California.


Soon after the fire ignited, the nearby communities of Poppet Flats, Twin Pines and Silent Valley were put under a mandatory evacuation order, displacing at least 1,500 residents. Highway 243 was soon shut down as the fire quickly jumped the highway. By 10 pm Wednesday evening, the fire had ballooned to an estimated 6,000 acres in size with no estimated containment as the fire raged primarily eastbound. 2 firefighters and 1 civilian were reportedly injured, however the extent of their injuries were unclear as of Wednesday evening.[3] Evacuation centers were set up at Hemet High School, Beaumont High School and San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Silver Fire". CAL FIRE. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  2. ^ Cocca, Christina; Pamer, Melissa; Ezzeddine, Tena (August 10, 2013). "Some Evaucations Lifted in Silver Fire, State of Emergency Declared". KNBC. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Granda, Carlos; Michaelson, Elex; Juarez, Leticia (August 7, 2013). "Silver Fire Burning Near Banning Prompts Evacuations, Closes Highway 243". KABC-TV. Retrieved August 7, 2013.