Mandatory evacuation underway as brush fire grows in Pinyon Crest area

Flats Fire Pinyon Crest
Posted at 3:47 PM, Jun 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-13 22:40:54-04

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a brush fire has prompted mandatory evacuation orders for residents of the eastern Riverside County community of Pinyon Crest.

U.S. Forest Service firefighters said the fire dubbed Flats Fire broke out Sunday morning and charred 400 acres, prompting the evacuation of the neighborhood. At last check the fire is 10% contained.

Rob Roseen, a spokesman for CAL Fire/Riverside County Fire Department, said two homes have been destroyed in a brush fire. Three other homes and three outbuildings were damaged.

At least one firefighter, who was not identified, has been injured.

Fire officials said the blaze prompted the closure of Highway 74 between Highway 371 and Palowet Drive in Palm Desert.