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With fires still raging in the mountains south of Palm Springs in Idyllwild Thursday evening, a simple change of the winds can easily push the smoke 100 miles away from Claremont. In all, about 3,000 firefighters have fought the flames, which torched 22,800 acres and was only 15% contained. The good news is the town of Idyllwild has been spared so far, as crews continued to work in hot, windy conditions. “That’s our primary goal,” said Bob Poole, an information officer with the US Forest Service, who said how the blaze came within 2 1/2 miles of Idyllwild. “But fire sometimes is unpredictable.” COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger


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