Firefighters have had a busy day on the Lake Fire east of Angelus Oaks in the San Bernardino Mountains, with the acreage at 17,000 and containment at 19 percent.
On the northeast boundary the fire spread east of Coon Creek.Crews built hand-lines and air tankers dropped retardant to halt the spread.a small spot fire developed east of the fire-line and were surrounded by line by this afternoon.
The firefighters are reinforcing fireline in the Barton Flats area on the northwest perimeter.The fire line is secured in this area.Evacuations remain in place to keep the area clear for the firefighters and the heavy equipment working on the containment lines along Hwy. 38.
Above Big Falls Creek on the southwestern fire perimeter, hand-crews have been flown in to build handlines in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Crews will be working overnight and will be using minimum impact suppression tactics including cutting stumps level to the ground and constructing fire-lines outside of special habitats.
The fire has not spread from 10,000 Foot Ridge or the ‘Hell for Sure Canyon”.Fire engines are patrolling this area and dozers are staged nearby in case there is any fire movement toward the communities.
The fire is being spread by heavy fuels and steep slopes: the fire spreads mainly when wind combines with steep terrain and burning material. Burning logs rolling downhill into dense dry vegetation has also spread the fire. Most of this area has not burned in 100 years. The dense smoke seen throughout the day comes from large logs and dead trees burning within the fire perimeter.
Resources on the fire scene include 1,986 personnel, 131 engines, seven air tankers, 16 helicopters (including night-flying), two air attack planes, 50 crews, 16 water tenders and seven bulldozers.
The estimated cost of the fire has increased to $5,000,000.
Closures: Hwy38 from Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams, Jenks Lake Road, Maple Lane in Big Bear Lake (for fire equipment movement). All hiking trains into the San Gorgonio Wilderness, Pacific Crest Trail and from Whitewater Preserve to Onxy Summit.
Evacuations remain in effect. All areas east of Angelus Oaks including Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, Rainbow Lane, Heart Bar and all cabins and campgrounds in the South Fork area.