July 19th, 2013
08:55 AM ET

California Mountain Fire Rages On

Efforts are underway today to control a fire raging out of control in California’s San Jacinto Mountains.

Land and air assaults are being used in the hopes of stopping the "mountain fire", posing a threat to the resort town of Idyllwild.

More than 4,000 homes south of Palm Springs are threatened by the fire,  fire officials say it has prompted an evacuation order for about 6,000 residents.

"Today they are going to fly hot shot crews up into that rough territory to start laying line in and hopefully save this town,” CNN’s Miguel Marquez reports.

“Torching more than 35 square miles, this massive mountain fire is nowhere near under control. It is fed by tinder dry and thick pine trees and brush. It is burning so hot, the trees are so dry they literally explode into flames.”

The wind conditions are going to change today, further complicating efforts.

“They are going to have some monsoonal winds in here, which means things will get much more erratic wind-wise,” Marquez says, “but it will also bring in some humidity which will help keep that fire down a bit.”

Follow along at CNN.com for developments.

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