Full Containment of Silver Fire Expected on Monday

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BANNING, Calif. (KTLA) — The Silver Fire burning in Riverside County was expected to be fully contained by Monday, fire officials said.


The Silver Fire has destroyed 26 homes and damaged two others, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze erupted last Wednesday afternoon and grew quickly, fanned by strong winds.

It had burned 20,292 acres and was 90 percent contained as of Sunday evening.

The fire has destroyed 48 structures, including 26 residences, one commercial building and 21 outbuildings, officials said.

An additional eight structures, including two homes, were damaged.

There have been 12 injuries reported — 11 to firefighters and one to a civilian.

The Pacific Crest, Marion Mountain and Seven Pines hiking trails remain closed, according to an update from Cal Fire.

Marion Mountain, Fern Basin, Dark Canyon, Black Mountain and Boulder Basin campgrounds were also closed.

Highway 243 remained closed between Banning and Poppet Flats.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation. The estimated cost to date of fighting the fire was over $8.8 million, officials said.

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