IDYLLWILD: Man killed in hiking accident

IDYLLWILD – The Riverside County coroner today released the name of a man who died from a fall while climbing on the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Hiking Trail in Idyllwild. He was George J. Wu, 51, of Newport Beach, according to the coroner’s office. Riverside County sheriff’s deputies were called at 7:54 a.m. Saturday to Humber […]

San Jacinto Ranger District campgrounds, trails now open

San Jacinto Ranger District campgrounds, trails now open

IDYLLWILD – U.S. Forest officials in the San Bernardino National Forest San Jacinto District report the districts campgrounds, since opening day May 21, have almost filled up every weekend and hikers continue to enjoy the wilderness trails despite some continuing trail closures. The mild weather has helped campers and hikers enjoy their outings more this […]

MOUNTAIN CENTER: Lake Hemet brush fire 90-percent contained

MOUNTAIN CENTER: Lake Hemet brush fire 90-percent contained

A small brush fire near Lake Hemet was about 90-percent contained this morning, authorities said. The “Toro Peak” fire was reported at 1:22 p.m. Monday, southeast of Lake Hemet, just off state Route 74 in the San Bernardino National Forest, and has blackened about two acres, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. No homes or other structures […]

Heavy snow expected in Idyllwild and Mountain Center by tomorrow

Chains or snow tires were required for cars traveling on Highway 243 in the Idyllwid area, as a winter storm blew in. The chain restrictions were up on both sides of the Idyllwild and Pine Cove communities, between the junction of State Route 74 to Lake Fulmore, Caltrans said. The lake is about midway between […]