Tuesday’s Totals of LAKE Fire
Big Bear Valley,
California, Tuesday June 23, 2015 ____ Fire Fighters continue to work on the
17,525 acre LAKE FIRE in the San Bernardino Mountains with containment
increasing to 33 percent.
Good progress was made within the northeastern
portion of fire today, although the fire remained active and continued spotting
to the east. With the steep ridgelines
in the area, burning material rolled down into the headwaters of Little Morongo
Creek. This was the eastern most point
of spread, as of the end of day shift Tuesday.
Helicopters dropped retardant in this area to halt the progress as the
terrain is inaccessible to ground crews.
Pockets of dense vegetation burned inside the fire
perimeter and were visible from the southern side. The fire did spread into the
headwaters of the North Fork of Whitewater and may burn northwest from
there. If the fire continues to burn in
this direction, it will be visible to residents of Forest Falls. After dark, Fire Fighters worked in the area constructing
State Route 38 remains closed. Forest and
Fire Team leadership re-evaluate each evening; the decision to open the road is
dependent on how much firefighting equipment – including helicopters with
buckets full of water – need to work in the area. We ask that everyone is patient and help keep
our Fire Fighters safe by respecting the SR- 38 closure.
The Barton Flats area remains closed. This means that all organizational camps
in the area remain closed until further notice. Camp Managers need to contact Heather Mobley
at the Mountaintop Ranger District office for status updates.
The night weather will continue to be warm and
dry. Clear skies are expected with lows
in the mid 40s. Relative humidity will
increase to a maximum of 30 percent.
Winds continue to come out of the west with 5-7mph on slopes and 10-12
mph on the ridge tops.
State Route 38 from Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams
Jenks Lake Road
Maple Lane in Big
Bear Lake (for fire equipment movement)
All hiking trails
into the San Gorgonio Wilderness including the Pacific Crest Trail from
Whitewater Preserve to Onyx Summit
Evacuations remain in effect:
All areas east of
Angelus Oaks including: Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, Rainbow Lane, Heart Bar, and
all cabins and campgrounds in the South Fork area.
Fire Information (909) 383-5688 and inciweb.nwcg.gov (Lake
Southern California interagency
Incident Management Team 1
Lake Fire Update June 23,
Wing:(3 airtankers, 4 guide planes)
assigned to the Fire: 1922