Early Friday Morning Docks & Boats  



Multi Boat FIRE Lake Arrowhead

July 16, 2021

Friday morning San Bernardino County Fire crews were dispatched to a reported boat fire in the 800 block of State Route 173. 9-1-1 callers stated smoke and fire was present at the boats docked on Lake Arrowhead.  

Arriving fire crews found multiple boats well involved, with multiple boats and the dock immediately threatened. Firefighters manned nearby Boat #92, working off the fire-boat platform to make a safe and immediate fire attack. Utilizing the fire-boat’s pumps, hose compliment and unlimited water supply, the fire was knocked down in approximately 20 minutes. Multiple boats on fire also burned through their dock lines, causing them to float freely, while on fire. The SB County Firefighters worked to extinguish and corral the free-floating boats, before they caused additional damage. In total seven boats were destroyed, while five other boats were damaged. The dock also received major damage. The Fire Crews remained on scene for multiple hours working on overhaul, salvage and investigation. 

The Arrowhead Lake Association (ALA) was notified for a response, as they manage Lake Arrowhead-lake operations and the boat docks. San Bernardino County Haz-Mat personnel also responded due to potential fluids and other hazards that may impact the lake. Haz-Mat personnel will continue to support ALA in their clean-up efforts. The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation by San Bernardino County Fire Department Investigators.  

Boat and dock fires pose a hazard for firefighters as both can sink, making the fire boat a vital resource to suppress the fire. Firefighters are specially trained in shipboard firefighting, fire boat operations and cross-staff the boat from nearby Station 92.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Crews responded with two Engines, a Fire Boat, a Hazardous Materials Team, Battalion Chief and Fire Investigator. 


Photos Courtesy of San Bernardino County Fire

July 16, 2021