5 Things to Know: Tuesday, September 15

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 Fires

Dozens of fires continue to burn in California, Oregon, and Washington.   Currently, 16,600 men and woman are taking on 25 major wildfires in the state of California that have burned over 2.8 million acres:

Some important links:

  • The LA Times is tracking each of the major fires on this online map.
  • The El Dorado Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains burned over 3,000 acres over the last day after a flare up.  The blaze has now scorched over 17,598 acres and was 58% contained as of Tuesday morning.
  • Fires keep getting worse…year after year…shattering every record.  The LA Times has a very informative page set up here on the “Worst Fire Season Ever…Again.”
  • For those who have expressed their thanks, the firefighters want you to know they appreciate it:

2) The Coronavirus

Riverside County announced 220 new coronavirus cases and 7 more people dead of coronavirus in the last 24 hours.  Here’s the latest in the Coachella Valley:

Some important COVID-19 reads:

  • A new study by the CDC found the coronavirus kills far more Hispanic and Black children than White youths. Researchers found 391,814 known cases and 121 deaths among people under the age of 21 from February to July, with more than 75% of those killed being Hispanic, Black and American Indian – even though they represent 41 percent of the U.S. population.
  • It is possible to have both the seasonal flu and coronavirus at the same time. CNN breaks down what that would mean for your body.
  • If the numbers hold in Riverside County for another week, the state may allow for the reopening of indoor operations including nail salons, movie theaters, places of worship, and even indoor restaurant dining.  As the Desert Sun notes, some business groups believe the time is now.
  • Disneyland has now been closed for six months leaving the city of Anaheim with a $100 million budget deficit.  California’s Governor said last week that the state was getting closer to issuing guidelines for theme parks to reopen, but Disney says they have not yet received a clear plan.
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3) The College of the Desert Street Fair is Postponed TFN

Organizers of the Street Fair at College of the Desert have postponed the weekend event until further notice, reports KESQ.  The Street Fair stated in a letter they will not reopen until the, “college campus is open for students, staff and faculty.”

4) Sunnylands is reopening its outdoor areas

Starting, Wednesday, outdoor areas at Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage will reopen to the public.   The center’s 9-acre art garden has 1.5 miles of walking trails, some rad views, and 53,000 plants to enjoy.  It will be open starting at 7:30 am Wed – Sun.

Face coverings are mandatory and social distancing is required.

5) There’s a New Drive-In Movie Theater in Palm Springs

The Desert Sun has a writeup on a new drive-in theater built out of shipping containers at the Palm Springs Air Museum. The venture was created by a couple employees of the Palm Springs Unified School District and is currently showing a double feature of Bill and Ted’s 3 (which is pretty great) and New Mutants – with additional movies to be announced soon.  You can get the details and buy tickets on their website.


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