Lake Fire

San Diego County Last Update: Friday, July 17, 2015 3:15 p.m. PDT

Acres burned
Jul 16
Started (2015)
Lake Fire
Structures Destroyed

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July 9, 2015 3:14 p.m. PDT

There have been six minor firefighter injuries. One residence and three outbuildings have been determined to have been destroyed in the northeast portion of the fire. Damaged buildings have been assessed and confirmed by a Damage Inspection Team from San Bernardino County Fire Department. Fire crews and helicopters will continue to be visible to the public and motorists may observe movement of firefighting vehicles along State Route 38. Please be alert while traveling on the highway and yield the right-of-way to emergency personnel and vehicles.

July 5, 2015 10:57 a.m. PDT

Fire crews and helicopters will continue to be visible to the public throughout the holiday weekend. Motorists may observe movement of firefighting vehicles along State Route 38. Please be alert while traveling on the highway and yield the right-of-way to emergency personnel and vehicles.

July 1, 2015 6:39 p.m. PDT

Up to .20 inches of rain fell over the fire today, limiting fire activity. Fire was smoldering in heavy fuels with no perimeter growth.

July 1, 2015 4:15 p.m. PDT

On July 1, crews continued to hold, mop up and improve existing containment lines, continue direct line construction in uncontained areas, continue fire suppression repair.

June 30, 2015 10:33 a.m. PDT

Crews on June 30 will continue to patrol the fireline along the SR 38 corridor and in sections near Heartbreak Ridge. Additional crews will join the crews currently working the east side of the fire near the Pipes Canyon Road. Firefighters in this area will be extinguishing hot spots from the fire perimeter to an interior depth of at least 100 feet. Crews will be reinserted into the previously unstaffed wilderness areas. Firefighters will remain in the wilderness for three to four days to reduce travel time to and from the fire line. Suppression repair crews working along the SR 38 corridor will progress eastward using chippers, excavators, and other heavy equipment. The damage assessment team continues to evaluate the fire area for further structure and infrastructure damage. The team has reported the loss of a residence and three outbuildings in the Burns Canyon area.

June 28, 2015 11:03 a.m. PDT

Fire growth was very minimal last night. The growth that did occur was in the San Gorgonio Wilderness on the southern side of the fire. Night operations continued to monitor and secure the lines east of Onyx Peak. Firefighters working the Three Sisters Peaks area yesterday had success in securing a section of the perimeter. Today fire officials anticipate containment percentage to increase as work progresses north and east of Onyx Peak. Firefighters will be flown back into the wilderness today if weather conditions permit. Suppression-repair crews will begin to rehabilitate the fire line. Travelers on State Route 38 may observe heavy equipment on the western end of the fire due to their activity. Resources will return to Three Sisters Peaks today and continue to secure the eastern perimeter. The damage assessment team reported the loss of a residence and three out buildings in the Burns Canyon area. The team will continue to evaluate the fire area for further damage.

June 27, 2015 12:38 p.m. PDT

Crews working through the night had a productive and safe shift. They continued to patrol the contained fire perimeter on the northwest side, south of Highway 38. Crews on the northeast part of the fire—from the Rainbow area north to Onyx Peak—installed approximately 3,000 feet of hose and cached supplies for today’s crews to use as they construct direct line near the fire perimeter. Previous retardant drops held the fire overnight on the southwest perimeter in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Today crews will continue to patrol and mop up the containment line on the northwest fire perimeter. On the uncontained northeast and eastern areas of the fire, crews will continue to build direct and indirect line where safe to do so. Approximately 120 firefighters have been working and camping in the wilderness. They will be flown out by this evening due to the increased likelihood of thunderstorms. When the threat of thunderstorms decreases, crews will continue their suppression efforts.

June 25, 2015 12:49 a.m. PDT

There is a shelter for evacuees at Copper Mountain College located at 6162 Rotary Way, Yucca Valley, CA 92252. Small animals may be taken to the Town of Yucca Valley Animal Shelter 4755 Malin Way Yucca Valley. Large animals may be taken to the Yucca Valley Equestrian Center 7429 Avalon Ave. Yucca Valley.

June 24, 2015 9:50 a.m. PDT

Firefighters are making gradual progress today on the 18,875 acre Lake Fire in the San Bernardino mountains with containment increasing to 38 percent. Firefighters had a productive evening in the northeastern perimeter. The fire is down into Little Morongo and Big Morongo canyons. Firefighters are monitoring the fire as it moves to more accessible terrain where fire line can be built or retardant can be used successfully. Today firefighters are focusing on the south side of the fire that is now south of 10,000 Foot Ridge. The fire is in steep rocky terrain with pockets of trees. The fire is spreading by burning vegetation rolling downhill igniting downslope fuels. Fire spread is slow but consistent. Progress on containment will be slow through the day and smoke will be visible, especially from Forest Falls. Helicopters will be accessing water supplies from various areas today. A portable water tank has been set up in the Forest Falls area and another water source from the Pioneertown area. Helicopter flight paths will be different and residents across the area may see more air traffic than previous days.

June 23, 2015 10:09 a.m. PDT

Fire within the wilderness is low intensity allowing the firefighters to gain safe ground to effectively attack the fire. Overall the growth of the fire has slowed; the majority of the fire growth continues to be on the east perimeter near the Coon Creek Area. Additional efforts include hose lays and retardant and water drops from aircraft. Hot Shot Crews have been working the extreme terrain of the northern portion San Gorgonio Wilderness constructing fire line. Highway 38 is the northern perimeter of the fire. Most of the fire-line has been built along the highway and crews are making good progress in the Heart Bar area. Cabins and organizational camps in the Barton Flats area remain intact.

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