Total personnel assigned to the Fire: 608
Victorville, California, July 20, 2015 __ Firefighters continue to make good progress on the North Fire that was
reported on July 17 in the Baldy Mesa area with acreage now at 4,250 acres due
to more accurate GPS based mapping.
Heavy rain fall aided
firefighting efforts and containment is currently at 95 percent. Firefighters
continue to construct and improve containment lines, mop up, patrol for hot
spots, and continue fire area rehabilitation.
The North Fire
started at about 2:33 pm on Friday July 17th near Interstate 15 north of
Highway 138. Interstate 15 has re-opened in both directions. Please exercise
extreme caution while traveling in the I-15 corridor due to emergency personnel
and fire operations.
Repopulation in the
communities of Baldy Mesa and Oak Hills continues but has been hampered by localized
flooding in the area.
Forest Road Closures
are in effect; Baldy Mesa OHV Staging Area, Baldy Mesa Road 3N21, Desert Front
Road 3N24, and Forest Road 3N55.
An Unmanned Aircraft
System (UAS or drone) halted tanker operations for about 25 minutes Friday
afternoon, but operations soon resumed. When
drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to
grow larger and cause more damage. On the North Fire, an FAA Temporary Flight
Restriction (TFR) is in effect and any private aircraft or drone that violates
the TFR could face serious criminal charges. Even without a TFR, anyone who
hampers firefighting efforts could face charges as well.
For more information
on drones the public can visit the FAA’s website at www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org.
If you fly, we
Fire restrictions for
the San Bernardino National Forest remain in effect. No wood or charcoal fires are allowed anywhere
on the San Bernardino National Forest. Campfire permits are required for all
propane / gas stoves and propane / gas lanterns.
The North Fire is
currently in Unified Command with Forest Service and CALFIRE, managed by
Southern California Team 3, Mike Wakoski.
For more information on the North Fire, please
visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4395/ and follow www.twitter.com/SanBernardinoNF.