5 Things to Know: Thursday, September 17

Welcome to 5 Things to Know – a daily rundown of things you might want to be aware of if you live in, visit, or just like being aware about what’s going on in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. As always, thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs.

1) The Snow Fire

A fire has burned over 500 acres near Palm Springs as of 5 pm Thursday night. Cal Fire says the e fire is burning at a “critical” rate of speed.

Firefighters were called about 2:40 pm to the fire on Snow Creek Road.

Here’s what the fire looks like:


2) The Other Fires

Dozens of fires continue to burn in California, Oregon, and Washington.   Currently, 17,400 men and woman are taking on 26 major wildfires in the state of California that have burned over 2.9 million acres:


Some important links:

  • Smoke from the fires has forced Yosemite National Park to shut down, likely through the whole weekend.
  • Worried about your air quality?  The LA Times has the info to make your own inexpensive air filter.

3) The Coronavirus

Riverside County announced 173 new coronavirus cases and 7 more people dead of coronavirus in the last 24 hours.  Here’s the latest in the Coachella Valley:


  • It was a big surprise last month when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month posted they had changed their recommendations about who should be tested for coronavirus.  Thursday, the New York Times reported that the updated guidance was not written by C.D.C. scientists and was posted to the agency’s website despite their serious objections.
  • Orange County mayors are calling on the state to reopen Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.
  • Olivia Troye was Vice President Pence’s departed homeland security adviser and involved in many meetings and discussions regarding the coronavirus at the White House.  Thursday, she recorded an endorsement for Joe Biden in which she claims that Donald Trump said of the virus, “Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people.”

4) One Arrested for Shooting in Casino Parking Lot

Palm Springs Police arrested a suspect in a shooting that took place in the parking lot of Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs at 4 am Monday morning. Not much info was released, as police say an investigation is underway.  A spokesperson with the casino confirmed the shooting to KESQ.

5) The Palm Springs “Stay Here” Retro House is on the Market Again

A Palm Springs home featured on the Netflix series “Stay Here” is back on the market. The residence, which takes you back to 1969, is available fully furnished for $1,969,000.

After appearing on the show, the house hit the market in March, 2019 for $1.7 million. As Realtor.com points out, the current owners picked up the Twin Palms neighborhood home for $1,150,000 a few months later and are now looking to cash in.

Stay safe.  Stay Smart.  Wear a mask. 💚🌵