Fire burns near Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, forces evacuation


A brush fire broke out near the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway on Wednesday night.

The blaze, which broke out near the base of The Tram about 7 pm, consumed about 20 acres as of Thursday morning, according to KESQ. Firefighters believe the fire will be fully contained by Friday.

An image from the “Tram Cam” Wednesday night showed the flames were clearly visible from the tramway’s mountain station:

About 40 people were evacuated from the mountain station about 8 pm – including guests and employees, reports the Desert Sun.

There were no reported injuries, but a power pole was burned by the flames, cutting off electricity to the popular Palm Springs attraction.

No word on if the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will be open on Thanksgiving.

This is a developing story.  Check back for updates. 


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