Blue Cut Fire

San Bernardino County Last Update: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 9:20 a.m. PDT

Acres burned
Aug 16
Started (2016)
Air Quality Index (Worst: 500)
Blue Cut Fire
Off of Interstate 15 and Highway 138, north of San Bernardino
Structures Threatened
Structures Destroyed
105 single family residences and 216 outbuildings
All evacuation orders have been lifted. Only residents will be allowed past road closures. The San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville continues to provide services to residents and their pets. The Jessie Turner Community Center shelter also remains open for Blue Cut Fire evacuees.
2 minor injuries to firefighters

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August 18, 2016 8:33 a.m. PDT

Southern California Edison says 957 homes and businesses are without power in Hesperia, Lytle Creek, Oak Hills, Phelan, Rancho Cucamonga, Pinon Hills, Victorville and a number of communities in unincorporated San Bernardino County. The power company is also working to restore power to water pumping stations in the Cajon Pass, and to ensure that power lines are not blocking the I-15 freeway or the four rail lines that go through the pass.

August 17, 2016 6:08 p.m. PDT

Southern California Edison and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power both maintain large electrical transmission lines through the Cajon Pass. Edison’s are at risk but not damaged a spokesman said. But two of DWP’s big lines sustained interruptions due to intense smoke and fire. Smoke can cause the electrical current running through the wires to arc to the ground, and possibly interrupt service on the line. DWP spokeswoman Amanda Parson said one of the lines known as Victorville-Century Line 1 is shut down due to significant damage. That is a 287 kilovolt line that normally carries electricity generated from hydro-electric generators far from Los Angeles. DWP is replacing that electricity by firing up local power plants within the L.A. Basin. She says the stability of the Los Angeles power grid is not at risk right now, but is being carefully monitored.

August 17, 2016 7:55 a.m. PDT

The Associated Press reports that officials in charge of the battle against California's newest huge wildfire estimate that only about half of the 4,500 residents of the threatened town of Wrightwood have complied with evacuation orders. The fire is climbing the flanks of the San Gabriel Mountains, where Wrightwood sits at an elevation around 5,900 feet. Firefighters were advised of the Wrightwood situation at a dawn briefing Wednesday morning.

August 16, 2016 11:06 p.m. PDT

Southern California Edison reports about 700 customers are without power due to the fire.

August 16, 2016 10:09 p.m. PDT

An estimated 34,500 homes and 82,640 people are being affected by the evacuation warnings.

August 16, 2016 1:25 p.m. PDT

Due to the fire and road closures the San Bernardino City Unified School District is preparing to relocate students from Kimbark Elementary Schools to Chavez Middle School, according to the district's verified Twitter account. The district said the "students are ok."

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San Bernardino National Forest
The cause is under investigation however investigators need your help to determine the fire cause. If you seen anything, heard anything have photos or videos, please call 1-800-47-ARSON or submit your tip online at:
Damage Assessment
Road Closures
US Forest Road 3N31 at Lone Pine Canyon Road is closed. The dirt road portion of Lytle Creek is closed from the gun range into the Forest.
Current Situation
School Closures
Cooperating Agencies
Under unified command with San Bernardino County Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department at California Highway Patrol.
The National Weather Service says conditions will be very warm and dry Wednesday, with gusty south to southwest winds and very low humidity levels - as low as 3 percent in the afternoon.
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