Latest Lake Fire Update, June 24, 8 a.m.

NewspaperFirefighters are making gradual progress on the 18,875 acre Lake Fire in the San Bernardino mountains. Containmnent has increased to 38 percent.

Firefighters had a productive evening in the northewestern perimeter. The fire is down into Little Morongo and Big Morongo canyons. Firefighters are monitoring the fire as it moves to more accessible terrain where the fire line can be built or retardant can be used successfully.

Today firefighters are focusing on the south side of the fire that is now south of 10,000 Foot Ridge. The fire is in steep rocky terrain with pockets of trees. The fire is spreading by burning vegetation rolling downhill igniting down-slope fuels. Fire spread is slow but consistent. Progress on the fire containment will be slow through the day and smoke will be visible, especially from Forest Falls.

Today firefighters are focusing on the south side of the fire that is now south of 10,000 foot Ridge. The fire is in steep rocky terrain. Helicopters will access water supplies from various areas today. A portable water tank has been set up in the Forest Falls area and another water sources from the Pioneertown area. Helicopter flight paths will be different and residents across  the area may see more air traffic than in previous days.

State Highway 38 is closed. Traffic accidents cause the most firefighter fatalities so help keep firefighters safe by respecting the Hwy. 38 closure.

The Barton Flats are remains closed. Forest Service permitted camps should contact Heath Mobley at the Mountaintop Ranger District office for status updates. Campgrounds, including Barton Flats, San Gorgonio, Council, Heart Bar, Oso, Lobo, Heart Bar Equestrian, Wildhorse Equestrian, Coon Creek Cabin, Cook Creek Yellow-post sites and Mission Springs PCT Trail Camp are also closed. Weekend campers should cancel their reservations for the above-stated campgrounds.

 

Evacuations remain in effect for 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. For information call (909) 383-5688 or log onto:      and reference “Lake Fire.”

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