PALMS SPRINGS, Calif. - A firefighter was injured while battling a wildfire in northern Palm Springs.
The Tram Fire, burning along Highway 111, has torched 192-acres and is 15%
Fire officials said the firefighter suffered a leg injury and was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center.
The blaze was reported around 6:30 a.m. Saturday and quickly blackened 50 acres near the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Palm Springs Visitor Center.
The blaze prompted a stretch of Highway 111 extending one mile north from Gateway Drive to be shut down, Palm Springs police announced about 7 a.m.
Authorities later said that the southbound side of the highway was closed from
ust before noon Saturday, fire officials said the fire had consumed 100 acres before updating that figure to 192 acres early that afternoon.
Crews on the ground were being assisted by water-dropping airplanes and helicopters, according to the Palm Springs Fire Department.
Several fire agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, were responding to what has been dubbed the Tram Fire.
As of 1 p.m., no evacuations had been ordered and no structures were reported to be threatened.