Saturday July 18, 2015
July 17, 2015
Total personnel assigned to the Fire:
Calif., July 18, 2015 - Firefighters continue to battle the North Fire that
was reported yesterday afternoon in the Baldy Mesa area with acreage now at 3,500
acres and containment at 45 percent.
The North Fire started at about 2:33 pm on Friday July 17 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.
Evacuations have been lifted for residents only. Residents must enter
through the checkpoint located at the intersection of Baldy Mesa Road and
Phelan Road. All residents planning on
re-entering must have identification with proof of residence for the affected
An Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS or drone) halted tanker operations for
about 25 minutes on 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
For more information on drones the public can visit the FAA’s website at
you fly, we can’t!
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, CALFIRE,
San Bernardino County Fire, and San Bernardino County Sheriff managed by
Southern California Team 3, Mike Wakoski.