Silver Fire Scorches Structures Near Banning

A fast-growing wildfire blazed through thousands of acres, forced mandatory evacuations and burned several structures in mountain communities between Banning and Idyllwild on Aug. 7, 2013.

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A modified DC-10 aircraft drops fire retardant over the Silver Fire Aug. 8, 2013.
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Smoke from the Silver Fire in Banning, Calif., blankets downtown Palm Springs, Calif.,Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Michael Snyder)
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A pickup truck is engulfed in flames as the Silver Fire roars through a residential area near Hwy 243 and Twin Pines Road between Banning and Idyllwild, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise, Frank Bellino)
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The sun behind smoke from the Silver Fire.
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A firefighter with the Vista Grande Hot Shots works on setting a perimeter at the Twin Pines Ranch, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 in Banning, Calif. A rapidly spreading wildfire chewed through a rugged Southern California mountain range on Thursday, destroying at least 10 homes, threatening more than 500 other residences and forcing some 1,800 people to flee. (AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Jay Calderon) RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE OUT; NO SALES; NO FOREIGN
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Terry Tincher, left, and his brother Leonard watch a helicopter work to put out flames burning near their grandmother's home off Ida Ave., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 in Cabazon, Calif. The brothers' boyhood home burned in the neighborhood during a wildfire exactly 37 years ago to the day. Firefighters successfully defending two homes on the families property. (AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Crystal Chatham) RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE OUT; NO SALES; NO FOREIGN
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Twin Pines, Calif. resident Dave Clark tells some neighbors their home is ok while his own house burns behind him, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 near Banning, Calif. A new wildfire has broken out in Riverside County near Banning, sending up a massive plume of smoke and surging toward three communities where people have been told to evacuate. (AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Richard Lui)
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The wildfire burns along State Route 243 as a truck carrying a Cal Fire bulldozer moves up the road on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. Residents and sheriff's deputies were left without an escape route and stuck inside an evacuation area Wednesday night as a huge and growing Southern California wildfire left three people injured and burned homes. The fire broke out about 2 p.m. and grew with extreme speed, surging to at least 5,000 acres, or nearly 8 square miles, within a few hours, state fire officials said. (AP Photo/The Desert Sun, Richard Lui) (Richard Lui The Desert Sun)
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Smoke from the Silver Fire as seen from Palm Springs' Marilyn Monroe statue.
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Flames from the Silver Fire rage through brush between Banning and Idyllwild on Aug. 7, 2013. The rapidly growing wildfire scorched thousands of acres near populated mountain communities.
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A home sits in the path of the Silver Fire, a fast-growing wildfire scorching thousands of acres between Banning and Idyllwild on Aug. 7, 2013.
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An image showing the devastation. This was taken where a home once stood off Highway 274 south of Beaumont.
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A Laguna Hotshot firefighter surveys the Silver Fire from the San Gorgonio Pass on Thursday.
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What appears to be a home with a truck still in the carport burns in the Silver Fire Aug. 7, 2013. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for several mountain communities as flames from the wildfire approached neighborhoods.
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Another structure that appears to be a home is engulfed in flames.
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That same structure, minutes later, continues to burn to its foundations.
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Flames from the Silver Fire consume a structure near Banning on Aug. 7, 2013.
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A home and truck burn in the Silver Fire on Aug. 7, 2013.
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A neighboring home also burns.
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Jacob Rascon
The fire was first reported about 2:05 p.m. in the area of Wolfskill Truck Trail and Mount Edna Road. It grew to consume more than 2,500 acres by 4:30 p.m.
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Hundreds of fire personnel were assigned to battle the Silver Fire, including this air tanker dropping flame retardant in an attempt to control the blaze.
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Crews set back fires while battling the Silver Fire near Banning on Aug. 7, 2013. The firefighting tactic is meant to burn through potential fuel before a wildfire can.
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Smoke from the Silver Fire moves into mountain communities are flames get closer to homes.
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In a photo taken from an NBC4 viewer in Hemet at about 3 p.m. on Aug. 7, 2013, smoke can be seen rising from the Silver Fire between Banning and Idyllwild.
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An NBC4 viewer captured this photo of swimmers in the pool at Palm Spring's Renaissance Hotel. Clouds of smoke from the Silver Fire could be seen at the hotel about 25 miles away from the wildfire.
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A Cal Fire firefighter lights at backfire to battle to Silver Fire on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013.
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Smoke rises from the Silver Fire as it enters its second day at dawn on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013.
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Firefighters stationed in the foothill community of Snow Creek, north of San Jacinto Peak, head into the third day of the battle against the Silver Fire on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.
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A view of the Silver Fire from San Jacinto on Aug. 9, 2013.
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A viewer captured this image of the Silver Fire on Aug. 9, 2013.
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Viewer Marybeth Kneussl captured this image of the Silver Fire while traveling to Palm Springs on Aug. 8, 2013.
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A Laguna Hotshot firefighter surveys the Silver Fire from the San Gorgonio Pass on Thursday.
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A truck burns in a residential area charred by the Silver Fire on Aug. 8, 2013.
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Winds pushed the Silver Fire north on Aug. 8, 2013, as it threatened more homes after already destroying 15 structures and injureing at least three people.
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The Silver Fire destroyed several structures, including homes, injured two firefighters and a severely burned a civilian, forced residents to evacuate and charred a 6,000 acres between Banning and Idyllwild. The fire broke out on Aug. 7, 2013.
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