Full Containment Expected Monday for Silver Fire

The wildfire has consumed more than two dozen homes and injured 11 people, including 10 firefighters

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    Firefighters battling the 20,000-acre Silver Fire have lifted most evacuation orders and had the blaze 95 percent contained as of early Monday morning, with full containment expected later in the day.

    The nearly 32-square-mile blaze in Riverside County has injured 11 firefighters - including one Sunday - and one civilian. The civilian suffered severe burn injuries, authorities said.

    Some Silver Fire Evacuations Lifted, But Damage Is Done

    [LA] Some Silver Fire Evacuations Lifted, But Damage Is Done
    The Silver Fire, still burning in Riverside County, devastated a neighborhood in rural Poppet Flats. Evacuation orders for the community were lifted Friday night, but some residents do not have homes to which they can return. Jacob Rascon reports from Poppet Flats for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. on Aug. 9, 2013. (Published Friday, Aug 9, 2013)

    Some 48 structures were destroyed, including 26 homes, one commercial building and 21 outbuildings.

    Eight other buildings were damaged, including two homes and six outbuildings.

    "Difficult to Fight Fire Up There," Capt. Says

    [LA] "Difficult to Fight Fire Up There," Capt. Says
    High winds and rocky, steep terrain combined to make tough conditions for firefighters on the third day of the Silver Fire Friday. Tena Ezzeddine reports from Snow Creek for the NBC4 News at Noon on Aug. 9, 2013. (Published Friday, Aug 9, 2013)

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    Most evacuation orders were lifted by Sunday morning, though some campgrounds and an RV Park remained closed. Evacuation centers for residents and their animals closed Sunday afternoon.

    Silver Fire Expands to 16,000 Acres As Firefight Continues

    [LA] Silver Fire Expands to 16,000 Acres As Firefight Continues
    The Silver Fire grew overnight to 16,000 acres, or 25 square miles, as strong winds pushed the blaze east, blanketing Palm Springs with smoke. Firefighters were able to reach 25 percent containment. Tena Ezzeddine reports near Palm Springs for NBC4's Today in LA on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (Published Friday, Aug 9, 2013)

    The cause of the fire was under investigation.

    The Silver Fire broke out on Wednesday off a highway south of Banning, 90 miles east of Los Angeles.

    Strong Winds Push Silver Fire East, Draping Smoke Over Palm Springs

    [LA] Strong Winds Push Silver Fire East, Draping Smoke Over Palm Springs
    The fast-moving Silver Fire was moving east as strong winds continued to push the flames overnight, threatening hundreds of homes and forcing the evacuations of others. Tena Ezzeddine reports from Palm Springs for NBC4's Today in LA on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (Published Friday, Aug 9, 2013)

    Two other smaller fires, meanwhile, continued to burn in Southern California.

    The Sharp Fire in the mountain community of Wrightwood scorched 163 acres and was 75 percent contained. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and evacuations were ordered for some areas.

    A fire that scorched about 100 acres in Santa Clarita near Bee Canyon, close to where the Powerhouse Fire burned earlier this summer, was 70 percent contained Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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