Riverside County & San Bernardino County

 

 

Bellowing Smoke fills the sky above Big Bear Lake PHOTO courtesy of Forest Service

 

APPLE FIRE Sunday August 2 2020

# 2 update late Sunday P M

Incident Information:

Start / Report Date: July 31, 2020

Cause: Under Investigation

Fuels Involved: Chaparral & Brush

Size: 20,516 acres *

Location:  Banning Canyon

Injuries: 0

Percent contained: 5%

Strategy: Full Suppression   

Resources: 

Hand Crews: 29

Engines: 260

Dozers: 11

Helicopters: 9

Airplanes: 2

Water Tenders: 11

Total Personnel: 2,266

*a mapping flight scheduled Sunday night will provide data regarding accurate acreage.

 

Fire growth was evident Sunday, but an accurate acreage will not be available until data is analyzed. This will be provided in the morning / August 3, 2020 update.

 

Current Situation:

The Apple fire burned actively today, primarily to the north and east. Much of the fire activity is being driven by the record low moisture content of the vegetation in the area combined with high temperatures and low relative humidity. These conditions are contributing to active fire behavior both day and night.

The fire is burning in an area with no recent fire history. It is expected to burn into less dense fuels as it progresses. Firefighters on the ground and in the air have been engaged and are building fireline directly on the fire’s edge where possible. Others protecting structures in local communities. Additional firefighters are arriving on scene to assist with the effort to contain the fire. The assignment of the new resources will give firefighters who have been on the line over the last two days some much needed rest.

 

Evacuations / Closures:

For Riverside County Residents: please visit https://www.rivcoready.org/ActiveEvents for an interactive map that will allow you to enter your address to see if you are in an evacuation area.  

 

For San Bernardino County Residents: The community of Oak Glen is under an evacuation order. Forest Falls, Pioneertown, and Rim Rock are all under an evacuation warning. 

The San Gorgonio Wilderness has been closed to all use. An Emergency Forest Closure Order is in effect as of August 2, 2020. The order prohibits all entry into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area.  This order also includes the Pacific Crest Hiking Trail between the Forest Boundary and Forest Road 1N01. Additionally, all Forest Service recreation areas in the Forest Fall area are closed.  

 

Weather: Hot and dry again on Monday with somewhat improved humidity recovery Monday night. Westerly winds will gust 20 to 30 mph Monday afternoon and evening between 1200 PDT and 2000 PDT, weakening after 2000 PDT but remaining gusty.  

 

Cooperating and Assisting Organizations: Riverside County Emergency Management Department, Red Cross and Southern California Edison.

NO ON DRONES! 

>>> Safety Message: If you fly, we can’t. Flying a drone near a wildfire is not only dangerous to aircraft on the fire but can shut down all air operations risking firefighters and public safety.

 Incident Website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6902/

San Bernardino National Forest:  www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf 

CAL FIRE Riverside County Fire Department: www.rvcfire.org

 

Social Media Info

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Twitter: twitter.com/sanbernardinonf

APPLE FIRE Sunday August 2 2020

 

# 1 update early Sunday

 

Current Situation:

The Apple Fire has burned over 20,000 acres and has no containment.

Much of the northern and eastern edge of the fire is in very steep, rugged hillsides which is not accessible to firefighting vehicles. Firefighters will continue to work to slow the spread of the fire using all resources available including helicopters, fixed wing air tankers, ground equipment and hand-crews. Fire activity is expected to remain high today, with areas of active flame and smoke visible across the area.

This fire is being managed under a unified command, which includes California Interagency Incident Management Team 2, a type-1 team, has arrived to help manage the fire. Measures are being taking to reduce exposure to firefighters and first responders to risks associated with the potential spread of COVID-19 both on the fireline and in fire camp.

Evacuations / Closures:

For Riverside County Residents: Please visit

 https://www.rivcoready.org/ActiveEvents for an interactive map that will allow you to enter your address to see if you are in an evacuation area. 

For San Bernardino County Residents: The community of Oak Glen is under an evacuation order. Forest Falls, Pioneer Town, and Rim Rock are all under an evacuation warning.

The San Gorgonio Wilderness has been closed to all use. Effective August 2, 2020 an Emergency Forest Closure Order is in effect which prohibits all entry into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area.  This order also includes the Pacific Crest Hiking Trail between the Forest Boundary and Forest Road 1N01. Additionally, all Forest Service recreation areas in the Forest Fall area are closed.

Weather: Poor humidity recovery overnight. Sunday/August 2nd will remain hot with a cooling trend in the forecast. West winds will be strong in the afternoon and into tonight.

Cooperating and Assisting Organizations: Riverside County Emergency Management Department and Southern California Edison.

NO ON DRONES! 

>>> Safety Message: If you fly, we can’t. Flying a drone near a wildfire is not only dangerous to aircraft on the fire but can shut down all air operations risking firefighters and public safety.