Fire crews supported by 20 aircraft, including air tankers and helicopters, battled the blaze from two sides to protect the communities of Banning and Snow Creek, The (Palm Springs) Desert Sun reported.
Snow Creek is "very well protected right now," Scott Packwood, air operations branch director of the Silver Fire incident management team, told the newspaper. "We have engines down here protecting the structures. The fire is really not going to want to run downhill; they typically go up because heat rises. So, the only really pushing it down here is the wind. And this place is known for wind."
Six people, including five firefighters, have been injured by the fire, which broke out Wednesday afternoon. High winds were complicating the firefighting effort Friday.
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