VALLEY Forest Falls FIRE  

  San Bernardino Forest & Mountains 

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UPDATE: Monday July 9, 2018

663 Total Personnel fighting the wildfire of 1348 acres, northeast Forest Falls off of State Route-38.  This is Day-4 and the 13% containment of 1348 acres hasn’t been a big accomplishment as of yet.  Extreme high temperatures and the difficulties of the rough wilderness, have made the job one impossible to predict when it should be out. The evacuated residents of Forest Falls have been allowed to return to their homes.    


Current Fire Information - Cal Fire - State of California



Incident Start Date: July 6, 2018


Incident Start Time: 1:33 P.M.

Incident Type:  Wildland Fire

Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Location: CA-38 x Valley of the Falls Dr, Forest Falls, CA

Acreage: 1348

Containment: 13%

Expected Containment: N/A

Injuries: 1

Structures Threatened: 500

Structures Destroyed: 0

Structures Damaged: 0


Engines:  29

Water Tenders: 1

Helicopters: 9

Air Tankers: 0

Hand Crews: 19

Dozers: 4

Other: 60

Total Personnel: 663

Cooperating Agencies: BLM, NPS, California Highway Patrol, California Office of Emergency Services, San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Service, CALTRANS, San Bernardino County Animal Control, American Red Cross, Southern California Edison



Current Situation:

The fire remains the same size to 1348 acres and 13% containment. Minimal fire growth is expected tonight further north into the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Burning logs and rocks rolling down steep slopes remain a risk. This terrain is rugged and steep and burning in chaparral and large timber. This fire is burning in an area that has no significant fire history.  Conditions remain challenging for firefighters with high temperatures and accessibility to and within the area. Fuels are drying out from Saturday’s storm and fuels are drier than usual for this time of years due to recent drought history.  Thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon on Tuesday and winds may push the fire and increase the risk of flash flooding. Community meetings are scheduled for the communities of Forest Falls, and Angelus Oaks.


       Ÿ      Forest Falls evacuations have been lifted; residents only with ID will be allowed through the road closures. 

Road Status:

·         Along Hwy 38 only residents with ID are allowed through to the Mountain Home Village, Forest Falls, and Angelus Oaks communities. Angelus Oaks will be allowed to travel through the Hwy 38 closure with a pilot car escort starting at 7:00 AM Tuesday.

·         No public access between the Valley of the Falls turnout and Angelus Oaks on Highway 38 due to continued fire activity.

·         Highway 38 from Lake Williams Boulevard to Sugar Pines Circle south of Angelus Oaks is open to residents and campers.  Public campgrounds and organizational camps are open, including the Barton Flats area.

·         Highway 38 from the Big BearCity side (330/18/38) is the only access to Angelus Oaks and Barton Flats for the general public.

Trail Closures:

·         Momyer Trail, Vivian Creek Trail, San Bernardino Peak Trail & Big Falls Picnic Area are all closed.  Refer to the San Bernardino National Forest website for info.

·         All trails in the San Gorgonio Wilderness are under emergency closure.