Summit’s Vegetation Fire     

50% Contained

Burned 100 acres south of Big Bear Lake


  Sunday August 23rd residents were quickly alarmed that a vegetation fire had been spotted, south of Big Bear Lake. 

Immediate air attack focused on the small fire that eventually was named the SUMMIT FIRE, grew into 100 acres, after nightfall. 

Monday morning the SUMMIT FIRE was contained to 50%. All reports are that the burning area is in very rough terrain, 

making it difficult for ground fire fighting. Look closely in the left photo for the Air Attack Tanker.  Photos by Dave Stone 


U.S. FOREST SERVICE, San Bernardino, California, 

 The SUMMIT FIRE was reported at 12:25 P.M. Sunday August 23rd and burned 100 acres south of Big Bear Lake near Snow Summit Mountain Resort in the San Bernardino National Forest.  The fire is now 50 percent contained and firefighters are challenged by steep rugged terrain, rolling debris, and numerous standing dead trees. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Mandatory Evacuations are in place in the following areas:

All areas south of Pennsylvania Avenue between Knickerbocker Road and Jeffries Road, all areas south of Oak Street between Jeffries Road and Eureka Drive, and all areas south of McWhinney Lane between Eureka Drive and Thrush Drive.

Voluntary evacuations are now in place for the area south of Brownie Lane, east of Thrush Drive, north of Switzerland Drive, and west of Summit Boulevard. 

An American Red Cross Shelter has been established at the Convention Center at Big Bear Lake, 42900 Big Bear Blvd, City of Big Bear Lake.

Small animals may be taken to the San Bernardino County Animal Shelter (Devore) located at 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, for questions call 909-386-9820

Per Big Bear Valley Unified School District, all schools with the exception of Fallsvale School are closed today, Monday August 24, for student and staff safety.

Road Closures: Forest Roads 2N06 (Radford), 1N54 (Clarks 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. 

Resources on scene include: 23 engines, 4 air tankers, 4 helicopters, 1 air attack plane, 11 crews, 6 water tenders, and 1 dozer for a total of 350 personnel.

Fire management is under Unified Command with San Bernardino County Sheriff Department and Big Bear Fire Authority.

Fire information is available at:

San Bernardino National Forest Call Center: 

                                               (909) 383-5688                              ‚Äč