A fire that began Thursday afternoon in the foothills near Palm Springs grew to 1,200 acres within five hours and prompted the evacuation of the community of Snow Creek.

As of 8 a.m. Friday, the Snow Fire had reached 2,500 acres (4 square miles) with no containment, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

The vegetation fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. off Snow Creek Road, and the community of about 20 homes was ordered evacuated in the early evening.

Snow Creek is 8 miles northwest of Palm Springs. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through it on the way from the San Jacinto crest to Interstate 10 near Cabazon.

A warning was issued for the Cove and Santiago Sun Canyon neighborhoods, off Palm Canyon Drive to the east.

For updates on Snow Fire evacuations, including warnings, see the county’s official incident map.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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