Wildfire Entraps Six FIRE FIGHTER

Initial Date/Time: Tuesday August 16, 2016, 10:36 A.M.

Location: Swarthout Canyon, Cajon Pass

Incident: Blue Cut Fire



Cajon Pass, California – Six Fire Fighters became entrapped by wildfire today while defending homes and assisting evacuations in the Swarthout Canyon area west of Cajon Pass. The six Fire Fighters were part of two San Bernardino County Fire (SBCoFD) engine companies assigned to the area northwest of Cajon Boulevard. 

Fire Fighters were able to shelter in place within a nearby structure, although two firefighters sustained minor injuries. Both firefighters were transported to a local hospital where they were treated and released and are now back on the fire-line defending structures. One SBCoFD fire engine sustained moderate fire damage. 


Photo Courtesy of InciWeb

SBCoFD reminds residents to be prepared and know your evacuation routes. An evacuation order can save your life, leave as soon as evacuations orders are given by fire and law enforcement officials to avoid being caught in fire, smoke or road congestion. Residents that refuse to evacuate put their own and other people’s lives at risk.

Visit sbcfire.org/ReadySetGo.aspx for fire preparedness and safety information. For more information on the Blue Cut Fire, call 909-383-5688 or visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4962/


TUE AUG 16 4:58 PM  - 

Per San Bernardino National Forest Service:  Resources on the fire include 102 Engines, 15 Crews (of 30 firefighters each), 8 Helicopters, 8 Air Tankers, and 2 Vlats (very large Air Tankers – 750 Personnel on scene at this time (5:00 P.M.) with many more resources on the way.