Fire lights the sky near Idyllwild, Calif., early Thursday. Flames have spread close to Palm Springs. Gene Blevins /Reuters /Landov hide caption toggle caption Gene Blevins /Reuters /Landov The Two-Way Wildfire Near Palm Springs Is 'National Priority' July 18, 2013 The blaze has already consumed about 23,000 acres and has forced 6,000 people to flee. About 3,000 firefighters are on the scene. It's not clear whether the weather in coming days will help or hurt.