HOLCOM FIRE – Incident Command Center
State Route 18 CLOSED
between the Mitsubishi Cement Plant and Delta Avenue near
PHOTOS Courtesy of Bruce Black, Sugarloaf
Holcomb Fire Wednesday Evening Update
U.S. FOREST Service, San Bernardino,
California, June 21, 2017 – Fire Fighters continue to battle warm
temperatures and difficult terrain while fighting a 1,540 acre wildfire north
of Baldwin Lake in the Big Bear Lake area.
Over 1,200 Fire Fighters from the Forest
Service, Bureau of Land Management, San Bernardino County, CAL FIRE, Big Bear
Fire Authority and other local agencies are working to contain the fire.
Southern California Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the fire,
David Kelly is Incident Commander. Additional engines and crews will continue
to arrive to augment existing Fire Fighters .
Fire activity increased mid-day as temperatures
again reached highs near 95 degrees. Continued high temperatures, minimal relative
humidity and steep terrain continue to hamper firefighter efforts. Weather
forecasts indicate the heat will continue through Friday.
Route 18 remains closed between the Mitsubishi Cement Plant and Delta Avenue
near Baldwin Lake.
Please be aware of increased traffic on mountain highways due to the State Route 18 closure.
Several Forest roads including Van Dusen Canyon
(3N09) and Holcomb Valley Road East (3N16) are closed, as well as a section of
the popular Pacific Crest Trail between Highway 18 and Van Dusen Canyon
Residents and visitors should monitor the fire,
and be prepared to leave if conditions change or if new fire threatens your
community. Please be mindful of fire equipment on the roads in and around the
Baldwin Lake and Big Bear Valley area.
For more information please visit us at
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/, call us at 909-383-5688 or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SanBernardinoNF.
Water Tenders: 9
Road Closures: Highway 18 between Delta Ave. and the Mitsubishi plant, Van
Duesen Canyon and Holcomb Valley Road East
Weather: Near record high temps, low humidity and light winds
Terrain: Mountainous and steep
Cooperating Agencies: Bureau of Land Management Big Bear City Fire, San
Bernardino Country Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriff, California Highway
Patrol, California Department of Corrections, CalFire BDU
EDITOR’s NOTE: We capitalize certain pronouns on purpose
(Fire Fighters ). We feel that certain individuals from San Bernardino
communities, California, as well as various other states, who are working in extremely a
dangerous area, to protect our community, are important to the Holcomb
Wildfire. Please acknowledge your appreciation to them when you see them at
various businesses in San Bernardino Mountains.
If you wish to express your
gratitude, send by email to ETbigbear@gmail.com
THANKS! E T Russell