Okay, the Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 has just released new information on the Lake fire that is burning east of Angeles Oaks in the San Bernardino mountains.
Thusfar 16,000 acres have burned and at this time the fire is 15 percent contained. The cause of the fire, that started june 17, remains under investigation. While there are 500 structures that are threatened no structures have been destroyed and no injuries have occurred. The estimated cost of the fire has grown to $2,400,000.
The firefighters are working through rough terrain and dense “fuels” (heavy wooded areas). Fire within the wilderness is low initially allowing the firefighters to gain safe ground to effective attack the fire. Overall, the growth of the fire is slow and additional efforts include hose lays and retardant and water drops from aircraft.
Tonight, June 20, 2015, portions on the southern edge of the fire may be visible to the communities of Forest Falls. Crews will continue to work through the night and morning on containment efforts. At this point there are 121 fire engines, 16 helicopters, 14 water tenders and 1,875 people assigned to the fire.equipment. Evacuations include areas east of Angelus Oaks including Barton Flats, Seven Laks, Rainbow Lane, Heart bar and all cabins and campgrounds in the South Fork area. The American Red Cross has a standby location to address any future sheltering
Hwy. 38 remains closed from Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams and Jenks Lake road is also closed. In Big Bear, Maple Lane is closed for fire equipment.
All hiking trails into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area are closed due to the fire proximity. the Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Whitewater Preserve to Onxy Summit.
Information is also available at: inclweb.nwcg.gov and reference Lake Fire.