‚Äč  Summit Fire Update


City of Big BearLake City Manager Jeff Mathieu 

“We’re grateful for the quick and thorough response from the USFS and their incident commanders, immediately upon the outbreak of fire. The valiant efforts of hand crews and firefighters, was exceptional. The overwhelming attack by the aviation contingent led to a substantial containment of the fire, away from residents and structures. The City deeply appreciates all efforts by our first responders on the Summit Fire.”

City of Big BearLake Mayor David Caretto 

“I second that; the response has been tremendous and the businesses in town (restaurants and lodges) have been very generous to those at the Convention Center at Big Bear Lake and to the firefighters.  It is just how we do things in Big Bear Valley!!


U.S. FOREST SERVICE, San Bernardino, California 

The Summit Fire reported Sunday afternoon south of Big Bear Lake near Snow Summit Mountain Resort in the San Bernardino National Forest, is 30 percent contained with 100 acres still involved in the burning area. Fire Fighters are challenged by steep rugged terrain, rolling debris and numerous standing dead and burned trees. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  

Providing for public and Fire Fighter Safety is one of the primary objectives on the Summit Fire Incident. Today fire crews and sawyers are working to mitigate the standing dead and burned trees within the fire area. Also, they want to improve and extend the containment lines around the fire. Due to better mapping and the emphasis on Fire Fighter Safety, the containment percentage has been revised to 30 percent.

All evacuations were lifted 2:00 P.M. Monday, August 24th. Per Big Bear Valley Unified School District, all schools with the exception of Fallsvale School remained closed Tuesday August 25th due to the poor air quality caused by the Summit Fire. Fallsvale School will be open as it is not affected by the Summit Fire.

Forest Roads Closures:  

2N06 (Radford Truck Trail), 1N54 (Clark’s Grade), 2N93 (Wildhorse), and 2N10 (Skyline) are now closed.

Trails closed include: Towne, Skyline, Champion Lodgepole Pine, Bluff Mesa, Grandview Point, and Seven Oaks. Group Campgrounds closed include: Deer, Boulder and Bluff Mesa. 

Fire Personnel:  311 total working

Fire Resources: 30 engines, 8 crews, 1 air attack plane, 3 helicopters, 7 water tenders.    

For more information, please visit: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4563  

About the U.S. Forest Service:

The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.  Learn more at http://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf