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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

CA-BLM-#RosaFire #Wildfire 4 acres, 15% Cahuilla Hills in Palm Desert

Incident Overview

The Rosa fire was reported at 10:23 A.M. on Tuesday May 7, 2013 west of State Highway 74 near the community of Cahuilla Hills in Palm Desert.

The fire has burned two to fourth acres in sparse vegetation in an un-named drainage east of Haystack Mountain near the Art Smith Trail.

Due to the remote location, firefighters from the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Calfire used a helicopter to gain access to the fire area. An additional helicopter dropped water on the narrow fire in the drainage.

The fire never threatened communities or resulted in any impact to motorists along State Highway 74.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The fire area is within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. The National Monument's boundary encompasses about 272,000 acres, including 65,000 acres within the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest, and 89,500 acres within the Bureau of Land Management's California Desert Conservation Area. 

The National Monument includes two federal Wilderness Areas: the Santa Rosa Wilderness which contains 61,600 acres of BLM and Forest Service lands, and 19,470 acres of the Forest Service's San Jacinto Wilderness. Its boundary also surrounds lands owned and administered by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Fish and Game, other agencies of the State of California, and private landowners. 

An advisory committee comprised of individuals representing various jurisdictions and interests makes recommendations that help guide management of the National Monument.

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument was established by an Act of Congress on October 24, 2000.

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday May 07th, 2013 approx. 10:23 AM
Location South of Palm Desert
Incident Commander Nelson

Current Situation
Total Personnel 35
Size 4 acres
Percent Contained 15%
Terrain Difficulty Steep Rocky Terrain

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