Much to Celebrate this July 4: Update on the Lake Fire

Forest Service flogoThe Lake Fire, that began on June 17 in the San Gorgonio Wilderness in the San Bernardino Mountains, is 90 percent contained. To date the cot to fight this huge fire is $39.5 million and 963 people have fought this fire or been part of the fire suppression program. As of this morning there are 26 crews, 24 engines, one bulldozer, five water tenders, nine helicopters and one air attack plane that are “committed” to the fire.

As the fire is increasingly contained, many nonessential personnel and equipment will be demobilized. A core group of firefighters and support personnel will remain to mop up and patrol, and complete fire-suppression repair. Unstaffed ares of the fire will continue to be monitored by air. The California Interagency Incident Management Team 5, under the command of Mike Minton, would like to thank cooperators and community members for their support throughout the suppression efforts. Tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. the team will transfer command of the Lake Fire to a local Type 3 organization. The incident command post at big Bear High School will be dismantled tomorrow and a much smaller ICP (incident command post) will established for the Type 3 team at Blue Sky Meadows.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been working in the fire area this week. The team’s primary function is to evaluate the burn area for short-term emergency rehabilitation needs.The team focuses on areas that post an imminent threat to human life and safety, property and critical natural or cultural responses on the National Forest. Based on the burned area report, the BAER team will take immediate action to implement emergency stabilization measures before the first major storm. These efforts include building water bars, chipping large concentrations of slash from dozer line construction, pulling berms and obscuring turnouts that were created by heavy equipment.

The weather is getting hotter and drier this weekend with temperatures expected to be in the mid-70s and 80s and the relative humidity will be around 25 percent. Adequate resources through the holiday weekend to handle any initial attack of a new fire start.

Fire crews and helicopters will continue to be visible to the public throughout the holiday weekend.

The [public should call California Land Management’s Serrano campground at (909) 866-8550 with questions regarding campground closures.

 

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