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Mountain Fire 49% Contained, Evacuation Orders Remain

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (KTLA) — After burning more than 27,000 acres in the San Jacinto Mountains, the Mountain Fire was 49 percent contained Saturday, authorities said.

Among the resources involved in the firefight were 3,347 fire personnel, 260 engines and 20 helicopters, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The fire has burned 27,245 acres, according to the Forest Service. It was expected to be fully contained by July 26.

The community of Pine Cove was under an evacuation warning Saturday evening, while mandatory evacuations remained in place for neighboring Idyllwild.

Evacuation centers were set up by the Red Cross at Hemet High School, Hamilton High School and Beaumont High School. For more information on those centers, call (888) 831-0031.

Camp Ronald McDonald and Camp Joe Sherman were voluntarily evacuated due to health concerns related to air quality.

Fire officials said 23 structures had been destroyed by the flames, including seven homes, and some 5,600 structures were threatened.