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North Fire

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Approximate Location

34.339 latitude, -117.478 longitude

Incident Overview

This photo shows the North Fire Smoke column as seen from Strawberry Peak Communication Tower

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All Restrictions have been lifted for residents who were effected by this fire.

Forest Road Closures are in effect; the following roads are closed due to the North Fire:

Baldy Mesa OHV Staging Area
Baldy Mesa Road 3N21
Desert Front Road 3N24

Forest Road 3N55

Interstate 15 has re-opened in both directions. Hwy 138 and many other local roadways have been impacted by flash-flooding.

The North Fire started at about 2:33 pm on Friday July 17 near Interstate 15 north of Highway 138. It is approximately 4,250 acres in size and now 100% contained.

Multiple vehicles on Interstate 15 caught on fire when the North Fire crossed southbound lanes on Friday afternoon. 20 vehicles including two semi's were destroyed, 10 vehicles were damaged; however no injuries were reported.

In the community of Baldy Mesa 7 homes, 16 outbuildings, and 44 vehicles were destroyed. One home and 4 outbuildings were damaged.

An Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS or drone) halted tanker operations for about 25 minutes on Friday afternoon, but operations soon resumed.

Hobby drones, or (UAS) unmanned aircraft systems, pose a major safety threat to firefighting pilots and firefighters. When a hobby drone is flown into a fire area, incident commanders have no choice but to suspend air operations and ground aircraft until the drone is removed from the area.

As hobby drones have grown in popularity, we have seen an increase in these drones interfering with firefighting operations.A collision could easily result in major damage to our aircraft, injuries to the pilot and crew on board as well as firefighters below, and worse, a midair collision.

When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage. On most wildfires, an FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is put into effect and any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges.

Even without a TFR, anyone who hampers firefighting efforts could face charges as well.

For more information on drone’s the public can visit the FAA’s website at

“If you fly, we can’t!”.

North Fire TFR

You can search the FAA website for current TFRs by clicking

Follow this link for more information on Responsible Hobby or Recreational Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or “Drones” on National Forest System Lands

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginFriday July 17th, 2015 approx. 02:33 PM
LocationCajon Pass, Baldy Mesa
Incident CommanderMurray
Incident DescriptionTransition Of The Federal Responsibility Area To A Local Forest Type 4 Organization Under Incident Commander Roger Murray Occurred At 0700 On July 21, 2015. The State Responsibility Area Will Be Managed As A Separate Incident Organization Under Calfire Ic Tony Jones.

Current Situation

Total Personnel215
Size4,250 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Grass and Chaparral

Significant Events

All Evacuations have been lifted. Interstate 15 is open in both directions. Hwy 138 and many other local roadways have been impacted by flash-flooding that occurred over the weekend.


Planned Actions

Hold and improve established fire containment line. Mop up and patrol.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire behavior is minimal/smoldering.


Current resources include:

6 crews

1 dozer

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Partly cloudy, patchy fog, 5% chance of showers, winds south 5 mph, becoming 15 with gusts to 30 mph in the afternoon.

Unit Information

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

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