Lake Fire Update July 3 at 8 a.m.

Forest Service flogoThe following information on the Lake Fire was released this morning and I wanted to pass it along to all of you. The fire is now 80 percent contained…it has burned 31,359 acres, the cause is still under investigation, the cost (to date) to fight the fire is $37.8 million, the total number of personnel is 1,203, the “committed” resources includes 36 crews, 30 engines, one bulldozer, five water tenders, 13 helicopters and one air attack.

Little heat remains in the fire area and the fire did not grow yesterday. Crews are mopping up hotspots to a depth of 200 feet or more in many areas of the fire, which creates a buffer between the interior of the fire and the unburned fuels outside the perimeter. This cold-line buffer is referred to as the containment line. Smoke within the line might be visible from roads, trails or residences as interior fuels burn Heavy fuels, such as downed trees and stumps, could continue to burn, producing smoke for several weeks or months.

Crews working in the Onyx Peak area pulled 20,000 to 13,000 feet of hose off the fueline yesterday  and planned to do it again today Four chippers and six excavators will be used to reduce the visual and functional effects of suppression activities on the landscape. Crews camping out hear the fire line in the San Gorgonio Wilderness will return to base camp tonight after a full shift extinguishing hotspots, cleaning up their campsites and using leave-no-trace tactics. Helicopters will patrol unstaffed areas of the fire, dropping water and inserting crews as needed to extinguish individual hotspots.

Fire crews and helicopters will continue to be visible to the public throughout the holiday weekend. Motorists may observe movement of firefighting vehicles along State Route 38. Motorists are asked to be extra alert while traveling on the highway and they need to yield the right-of-way to emergency personnel and vehicle.s

For road closure information the public should call the California Land Management’s Serrano campground office at (909) 866-8550 for campground closures.

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