Fast-Moving Snow Fire Forces Evacuations Near Palm Springs

Elias Lomeli of Desert Hot Springs watches firefighting helicopters refill with water from his car’s sunroof as the Snow fire burns in the background off Interstate 10 in Whitewater Friday. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

A fast-moving, uncontained fire prompted evacuations near Palm Springs after more than doubling in size overnight, authorities said.

The blaze, dubbed the Snow fire, was reported shortly after 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Snow Creek community west of Palm Springs, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

At 7:30 p.m., the fire had ballooned to 1,200 acres , officials said. By Friday morning, it had grown to 2,500 acres and was still 0% contained.

“It was a vehicle that caught on fire, and obviously, it started the vegetation on fire,” Fire Capt. Fernando Herrera said of the cause. “And that’s how we ended up with this.”

Officials have ordered the evacuation of the entire Snow Creek area — north of Cottonwood Road, southeast of Snowcreek Canyon Road and west of Falls Creek. About 30 homes are affected by the order, according to Herrera.

The fire also poses a potential threat to the Windy Point community, which is under an evacuation warning. More than 400 homes are covered by that warning, which has been issued for areas south and north of Overture Drive, east of Clearwater Way and west of Highway 111.

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SOURCE: LA Times, Luke Money