This morning I received an update on the Lake Fire that is burning in the eastern San Bernardino Mountains. This information was released by the Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 so it can’t get more accurate than that.
As of 8 a.m. this morning 15,000 acres have burned but the fire containment rate has gone up to 10 percent. At this latest information 91 engines and six water tenders, four fixed wing air tankers, five bulldozers were on scene.
During the evening hours of June 19 firefighers were able to strengthen the fire line along Hwy. 38 in the Heart Bar drainage area near the San Gorgonio Wilderness. 31 crews (including two lead airplanes.
Fire activity increased during last night compared to previous evening. There was a 40-acre “run” on the southern fire perimeter that was contained. Active fire was occurring on the southwest perimeter near Shields and Anderson peaks.
Today, Saturday, June 20, the firefighters were using a lot of heavy aircraft for water dropping efforts.
Because the San Bernardino Mountains are currently under a heat advisory until 7 p.m. on Sunday smoke continues to impact the surrounding areas. Residents affected by the smoke can check air quality information at: http://www.agmd.gov or http://www.mdagmd.ca.gov.
Hwy. 38 remains closed from Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams. Jenks Lake Road is also closed. Evacuations include areas east of Angelus Oaks including Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, Rainbow Lane, Heart Bar and all cabins and campgrounds in the South Fork area. The American Red Cross has a standby locations to address any future sheltering or evacuation center needs.
All hiking trails into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area are closed due the fire proximity. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Whitewater Preserve to Onyx Summit.