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Portions of the Lake Fire Closure Lifted and Re-Open to Visitors
San Bernardino, Calif., July 16, 2015 – US Forest Service officials re-opened portions of the area closed during the Lake Fire today. The areas closed on June 17, as a result of the 31,359 acre... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 11/10/2015

Approximate Location

34.16 latitude, -116.893 longitude

Incident Overview

This map shows the current fire perimeter for the Lake Fire for July 5th, 2015, burning in the San Gorgonio Wilderness and the San Bernardino National Forest

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The Lake Fire was reported just before 4:00 pm on June 17, 2015. The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is approximately 31,359 acres in size and is 98% contained.

The fire behavior is currently minimal with heavy fuels smoldering within the perimeter. Smoke may be seen from Highway 38, however it is all well inside the containment lines.

Fire crews and helicopters will continue to be visible to the public and motorists may observe movement of firefighting vehicles along Highway 38. Please be alert while traveling on the highway and yield the right-of-way to emergency personnel and vehicles.

All evacuations have been lifted and Highway 38 has been re-opened, however there are some closures still in place. Please view the list below:

Roads

These Forest Roads will remain closed: 1N01 (Pipes Canyon Road), 2N61YB, 1N05 (Fish Creek Road), 1N39A (Big Meadows), and 1N78 (Poopout Hill Road).

Jenk’s Lake Loop Road and Jenk’s Lake have re-opened. There may be intermittent closures if helicopters need to use the lake for water.

All other Forest Service Roads that were closed earlier due to the Lake Fire have re-opened.

Special Uses

Organization Camps have re-opened with the exceptions of Camp TaTaPochon and Camp Laverne (open partially).

Recreation residences have re-opened and overnight stays are now allowed in all recreation residences with exception of the following within the South Fork tract: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 26, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 & 40. These are within the closure area and will require a pass in order to gain access.

Forest Service Campgrounds

Forest Service Campgrounds have re-opened. The Upper Loop of South Fork Campground will remain closed due to the potential for flooding.

Area Closure, San Gorgonio Wilderness and Trails

Due to continuing fire danger, the fire area remains closed to public entry. This includes Forsee Trail to Jackstraw Springs, South Fork Trail, Dry Lake and Dollar Lake Trails, Lodgepole Trail, North Fork Meadows (Big Tree) Trail, Lost Creek Trail, Aspen Grove Trail, Fish Creek Trail, Sky High Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail from the forest boundary north to Onyx Peak. Other trails that were previously closed due to the fire have now re-opened. For more information, please call the Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2882 (closed Tues/Wed).

Barton Flats Visitor Center has re-opened



Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman Caused, Remains Under Investigation
Date of OriginWednesday June 17th, 2015 approx. 03:52 PM
LocationBarton Flats, South Fork, Fish Creek, Coon Creek, Ten Thousand Foot Ridge, Onyx Peak, Upper Pipes Canyon
Incident CommanderPeterson

Current Situation

Total Personnel70
Size31,359 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Fuels Involved

Timber and brush with grass

Significant Events

There have been six minor firefighter injuries. One residence and three outbuildings have been determined to have been destroyed in the northeast portion of the fire. Damaged buildings have been assessed and confirmed by a Damage Inspection Team from San Bernardino County Fire Department

Outlook

Planned Actions

Perimeter containment lines have been completed on the incident in locations accessible by ground based firefighters. Individual hot spot locations have been identified where monitoring will be a continued need due to inaccessibility.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire behavior is minimal with some smoldering within the perimeter. Smoke may be seen from Highway 38, however it is all well inside the containment lines.

Remarks

Fire crews and helicopters will continue to be visible to the public and motorists may observe movement of firefighting vehicles along State Route 38. Please be alert while traveling on the highway and yield the right-of-way to emergency personnel and vehicles.

Unit Information

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San Bernardino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
602 S. Tippecanoe Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Incident Contacts

Gerrelaine Alcordo
Email: galcordo@fs.fed.us
Phone: 909-382-2711
Hours: M-F 8-5pm

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