Mill 2 Fire

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Mill 2 Fire

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Approximate Location

34.088 latitude, -117.041 longitude

Incident Overview

Critically important that recreational UAS drone users not operate near wildfires

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The Mill 2 Fire started in Mill Creek Canyon near State Highway 38 and Bryant Street at about 2:30 pm, east of Mentone, and north of Yucaipa.

Evacuations have been lifted and State Highway 38 has re-opened.

The fire was initially managed jointly by the U.S. Forest Service and CALFIRE. CALFIRE has assumed command of the fire. Further updates can be obtained from Debbie Chapman (CALFIRE PIO) at
Resources that responded included: 17 engines, 7 crews, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders, 5 helicopters, 2 fixed wing air tankers, and 1 air attack plane.

An Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) temporarily halted tanker operations, but operations soon resumed.

Fire Managers urge individuals and organizations that fly drones to avoid the wildfire areas to ensure the safety of firefighters and the effectiveness of wildfire suppression operations. Unauthorized drone flights over or near the wildfires could cause serious injury or death to firefighters on the ground. Unauthorized drones could also be involved in midair collisions with airtankers, helicopters, and other aircraft engaged in fire suppression operations. This could decrease the effectiveness of fire suppression operations, allowing the fire to grow larger and potentially threaten lives, property, and valuable natural and cultural resources.

Firefighting aircraft typically fly at about the same, or lower, altitude than hobbyists or recreationists fly drones, often in smoky, windy, and turbulent conditions. Safety depends on knowing what other aircraft are operating in the airspace and where they are at all times and this is compromised by the presence of unauthorized aircraft, including drones.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseFaulty Catalytic Converter
Date of OriginSunday July 12th, 2015 approx. 02:38 PM
LocationHwy 38 above Bryant Street
Incident CommanderCALFIRE San Bernardino Unit
Incident DescriptionCalfire San Bernardino Unit - State Responsibility Area

Current Situation

Total Personnel230
Size54 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained60%
Fuels Involved


Significant Events

Hwy 38 has been re-opened and evacuations have been lifted. An Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) temporarily halted tanker operations on the fire, but operations soon resumed.



For updated Information, call Debbie Chapman at 909-881-6949

Unit Information

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

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