98% Day 23
LAKE FIRE Smoke Remains Visible
Thursday July 9th, the 31,359-acre Lake Fire continues to express itself
through visible smoke which will become more obvious as conditions dry,
temperatures rise, and wind increases.
“Crews will be flown into the southern
part of the fire to monitor active interior burning ahead of Saturday’s
forecast of 30-mile per hour winds in the higher elevations,” said Operations
Section Chief Eric Haskins. “They will focus their efforts in the Dry Lake,
Shield’s Peak and Mission Springs areas.”
It is common for smoke to be visible
from inside a fire’s perimeter line for months until a season-ending event
occurs, such as weeks of wetting rains or snow. The arrival of late fall and
winter storms are necessary, especially to douse fire imbedded deep in tree
roots or moving under many layers of duff.
The Lake Fire is 98% contained and managed by Jason Winbigler’s Type 3
Team from the San Bernardino National Forest. Seventy percent of the fire is
either unburned or burned with low intensity.
Consequently, grasses and ferns are already sprouting in various
The public is asked to slow down when driving
on State Route 38, particularly around the Jenks Lake
turnoff and Onyx Summit. Firefighters
are diligently monitoring the fire’s activity and their safety is a priority.
“Our four helicopters are workhorses as
they shuttle crews and continually transport water to douse hot spots. For that reason, we ask the public to please keep drones out of the
They can be dangerous, interfere with fire operations, and cause us to
cease critical aviation operations,” said Haskins.
People are advised to pay attention
during rain storms which could lead to post fire mud and debris flows and to
stay away from areas such as forest roads, draws, and drainages. The fire area continues to have a closure in
The Burned Area Emergency Response Team has presented its findings and
recommendations to the San Bernardino leadership team. The final report may be available for public
viewing as early as next week.
More Information is available on-line:
Lake Fire on Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4302/
Lake Fire Burned Area
Emergency Response Team on Inciweb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4346/