‚ÄčUpdate July 20, 2015 8:00 A.M. 

 

 

 

 

Acres Burned:

4,250

Engines:  

               48

Containment:

95%

 

 

 

 

Crews:      

       14

Cause:

Under Investigation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Structures Destroyed:

23

Water Tenders:

6

Injuries:

1

Dozers:

2

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 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 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.