Air Attack on Wildfire in the Desert


Before noon today, Friday, July 17, 2020 smoke from a vegetation was visible to Fire-watch cams in the area of Lucerne Valley, north of Big Bear Valley. At 12:45 P.M. San Bernardino County Fire 10-acre wildfire was spotted at Pitzer Buttes Road and Powerline Road.   

 By 2:16 P.M.  Air Attack reported the vegetation fire was evaluated to have reached at 50 acres and no threat to grow to the mountains. Additional resources were requested from both San Bernardino County Fire Department and CalFire. At 2:45 P.M. the Pitzer Fire was at approximately 100 acres and burning south of the railroad tracks. An update at 2:56 P.M. from US Forest Service Battalion #13, reported the wildfire was between 75-100 acres, also affirming it was a low to medium risk of reaching into the forested area.

By 4:17 P.M. Firefighters were gaining on the wildfire with the assistance of several agencies, including: San Bernardino County, US Forest Service, CalFire, FedCom Calcom as well as SBCSD Air Attack.    

The Pitzer Fire was fought through the night, until it diminished to a manageable burn-out, that firefighters continued to watch.  They did a mop-up early Saturday afternoon.   

Aerial photos courtesy of several agencies.  Note the hawk flying away from the smoke.