So far the Mountain Fire has scorched over 14,200 acres as it burns near Idylwild , in the mountains west of Palm Springs.
According to Cal Fire , the blaze was first reported on Monday afternoon near Mountain Center , between Highways 243 and 74. A number of buildings have been destroyed or damaged by the wildfire. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for several communities and evacuation centers have been set up at Hemet High School in Hemet and Hamilton High School in Anza. Nearly 2,500 fire personnel are involved in fighting the fire along with 98 fire engines , 10 airtankers and 15 helicopters. The fire , burning in very steep and rugged terrain , was reported to be 10% contained at 7:00 a.m. today.