June 18-Lake Fire Grows to 10,000 Acres

NewspaperI have received an update from John Miller with the u.s. Forest Service about the Lake Fire that is burning  along the northern boundary of the San Gorgonio Wilderness in steep rocky terrain. The fire has grown to 10,000 acres and is five percent contained.

Hwy. 38 is closed from Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams. Jenks Lake Road is closed. Evacuations include areas east of Angules oaks including Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, Rainbow Lane, Heart Bar and all cabins and campgounds in the South Fork area. The American Red Cross has a standby location to address any future sheltering or evacuation center needs.

All hiking trails into the San Gorgonio  Wilderness Area have been closed to the proximity of the fire to them. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is closed from Whitewater Preserve to Onyx Summit.

Resources on the scene include 88 engines, two air tankers, 10 helicopters (including night-flying), one air attack plane, 28 crews, three water tenders and one bulldozer. The total number of personnel on the fire has grown to 1,224.

The fire management is under the Unified Command with the San Bernardino County Fire and San Bernardino County Sheriff, Southern California Team 1, a Type 2 Inter-agency Incident Management Team, has taken over managing the fire.

A high-pressure weather system is in place with above normal temperatures over the next several days and very low daytime humidity (five to 10 percent) and poor overnight humidity recovery.

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