HOLCOM FIRE – Incident Command Center


State Route 18 CLOSED

between the Mitsubishi Cement Plant and Delta Avenue near Baldwin Lake.


FIRE Holcomb Command BBlack 062217.jpg

PHOTOS Courtesy of Bruce Black, Sugarloaf   


Holcomb Fire Wednesday Evening Update


U.S. FOREST Service, San Bernardino, California, June 21, 2017 – Fire Fighters continue to battle warm temperatures and difficult terrain while fighting a 1,540 acre wildfire north of Baldwin Lake in the Big Bear Lake area.

Over 1,200 Fire Fighters from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, San Bernardino County, CAL FIRE, Big Bear Fire Authority and other local agencies are working to contain the fire. Southern California Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the fire, David Kelly is Incident Commander. Additional engines and crews will continue to arrive to augment existing Fire Fighters .

Fire activity increased mid-day as temperatures again reached highs near 95 degrees. Continued high temperatures, minimal relative humidity and steep terrain continue to hamper firefighter efforts. Weather forecasts indicate the heat will continue through Friday.

State Route 18 remains closed between the Mitsubishi Cement Plant and Delta Avenue near Baldwin Lake. Please be aware of increased traffic on mountain highways due to the State Route 18 closure.

Several Forest roads including Van Dusen Canyon (3N09) and Holcomb Valley Road East (3N16) are closed, as well as a section of the popular Pacific Crest Trail between Highway 18 and Van Dusen Canyon Road. 

Residents and visitors should monitor the fire, and be prepared to leave if conditions change or if new fire threatens your community. Please be mindful of fire equipment on the roads in and around the Baldwin Lake and Big Bear Valley area. 

For more information please visit us at, call us at 909-383-5688 or follow us on Twitter at

Quick Fire Facts

Fire Start Date: June 19, 2017

Fire Report Time: 3:05pm

Location: (geographic location) Northeast of Big Bear City, CA.

Acres: 1,540 and 10% Contained.

Fire Cause: Under Investigation

Fire Fighters Assigned: 1241

Fire Engines: 104

Fire Crews: 24

Fire Dozers: 6

Helicopters: 9 (including night flying aircraft)

Air Tankers: 4

Air Attack: 2 (includes night flying aircraft)

Water Tenders: 9

Road Closures: Highway 18 between Delta Ave. and the Mitsubishi plant, Van Duesen Canyon and Holcomb Valley Road East

Evacuations: None

Weather: Near record high temps, low humidity and light winds

Terrain: Mountainous and steep 

Cooperating Agencies: Bureau of Land Management Big Bear City Fire, San Bernardino Country Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections, CalFire BDU

EDITOR’s NOTE:  We capitalize certain pronouns on purpose (Fire Fighters ). We feel that certain individuals from San Bernardino communities, California, as well as various other  states, who are working in extremely a dangerous area, to protect our community, are important to the Holcomb Wildfire. Please acknowledge your appreciation to them when you see them at various businesses in San Bernardino Mountains. 

If you wish to express your gratitude, send by email to

THANKS!  E T Russell