Garner Valley is actually full of Jeffery pines, which are very closely related to Ponderosa pines. In fact almost indistinguishable, except the bark of the Jeffery pine smells like vanilla (the easiest way to distinguish between the two cultivars). So, due to the pines and topography, most of the old TV sohw, "Bonanaza" was filmed there. Also, tons of car commercials are filmed in the middle of the valley, on Hwy 74, because of the beautiful panoramic mountain valley view, and that 74 is long, straight and flat. The highway is called the "Pines to the Palms" highway, in fact. The climate is actually considered "Alpine Desert". Very dry up there. As with most S. California climates, we got most of our precipitation in the winter, in the form of rain or snow. Very rarely a summer thunderstorm (which is of course, horrifyingly scary, due to the chance of a lightening strike fire.) Our property backed the Pacific Crest Trail, so we could go out our back gate with our horses, and just go. It was a really idyllic place to live. Downside: Not near ANYTHING, including schools, stores, conveniences. And, in case of an emergency (like wildfire), it could be difficult to get out of the valley. We did have 3 roads out: the north way out to Hemet on the 74 (or through Idyllwild on 243, and down the backside to Banning/Beaumount, hell of a long drive), the southwest way, out on 371 through Anza and down to Temecula, or the hair-raising southeast way, out to Palm Desert with a steep, scary descent on 74, navigating a series of panoramic switchbacks. That was the way I drove to work, down at Eisenhower Medical Center. Thankfully, I only was working part time, and 12 hour shifts, or I couldn't have done it. but, I always worried about trying to evacuate in the event of a wildfire.We easily could have had one or more escape routes blocked by fire.