VALLEY Forest Falls FIRE
Forest & Mountains
UPDATE: Monday July 9, 2018
Personnel fighting the wildfire of 1348 acres, northeast Forest Falls off of
State Route-38. This is Day-4 and the 13%
containment of 1348 acres hasn’t been a big accomplishment as of yet. Extreme high temperatures and the difficulties
of the rough wilderness, have made the job one impossible to predict when it
should be out. The evacuated residents of Forest Falls have been allowed to
return to their homes.
Current Fire Information - Cal Fire -
State of California
Incident Start Date: July 6, 2018
Incident Start Time: 1:33 P.M.
Incident Type: Wildland Fire
Cause: Under Investigation
Incident Location: CA-38 x Valley of the Falls Dr, Forest
Expected Containment: N/A
Structures Threatened: 500
Structures Destroyed: 0
Structures Damaged: 0
Water Tenders: 1
Air Tankers: 0
Hand Crews: 19
Total Personnel: 663
Cooperating Agencies: BLM, NPS, California Highway Patrol, California Office
of Emergency Services, San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Service,
CALTRANS, San Bernardino County Animal Control, American Red Cross, Southern
The fire remains
the same size to 1348 acres and 13% containment. Minimal fire growth is
expected tonight further north into the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Burning logs
and rocks rolling down steep slopes remain a risk. This terrain is rugged and
steep and burning in chaparral and large timber. This fire is burning in an
area that has no significant fire history. Conditions remain
challenging for firefighters with high temperatures and accessibility to and
within the area. Fuels are drying out from Saturday’s storm and fuels are
drier than usual for this time of years due to recent drought history.
Thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon on Tuesday and winds may push the
fire and increase the risk of flash flooding. Community meetings are scheduled
for the communities of Forest Falls, and Angelus Oaks.
Forest Falls evacuations have been lifted; residents only with ID will be
allowed through the road closures.
· Along Hwy 38 only
residents with ID are allowed through to the Mountain Home Village,
Forest Falls, and Angelus Oaks communities. Angelus Oaks will be allowed to
travel through the Hwy 38 closure with a pilot car escort starting at 7:00 AM
· No public access
between the Valley of the Falls turnout and Angelus Oaks on Highway 38 due to
continued fire activity.
· Highway 38 from
Lake Williams Boulevard to Sugar Pines Circle south of Angelus Oaks is open
to residents and campers. Public campgrounds and organizational
camps are open, including the Barton Flats area.
· Highway 38 from
the Big BearCity side (330/18/38) is the only access to Angelus Oaks and Barton
Flats for the general public.
· Momyer Trail,
Vivian Creek Trail, San Bernardino Peak Trail & Big Falls Picnic Area are
all closed. Refer to the San Bernardino National Forest website for info.
· All trails in the
San Gorgonio Wilderness are under emergency closure.