The U.S. Forest Service has just sent a news update on the Lake Fire that is burning east of Camp de Benneville Pines and south of Jenks Lake Road in the San Bernardino National Forest. According to the Forest Service the closest community near Jenk’s Lake is Angeles Oaks, off Hwy. 38. Recent information has also been received from Laura Dyberg of the Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council so I have combined and updated as much of the information as possible.
Currently, 7,500 acres have burned and at the time of the forest service press release the fire continues to burn as it is only five percent contained. The cause of the fire is under investigation. In the information Laura Dyberg released she said that 500 personnel, 32 engines, five air tankers, 13 crews, eight water tenders and three bulldozers are on the scene.
At the time of this release the fire was being fought by 32 fire engines, two air tankers,, seven helicopters (including those that are considered night-flying helicopters), one air-attack plane, 13 crews, eight water tenders and three bulldozers. Additional firefighting resources have been ordered.
The management of the fire i s under a Unified Command with San Bernardino County Fire and San Bernardino County Sheriff. A type 2 Interagency Incident team is expected to take over managing the “incident (AKA fire)” at 6 p.m. tonight.
Information I received from Laura Dyberg of the Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council said that structures are threatened. All hiking trails into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area have been closed Preserve to Onyx Summit.due to the proximity of the fire to many hiking trails. Also, the Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Whitewater Preserve to Onyx Summit.