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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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The Blue Cut Fire started on August 16, 2016 at 10:36 AM in the Cajon Pass along Old Cajon Blvd. north of Kenwood Avenue west of Interstate 15. The fire quickly spotted across Cajon Creek and grew into a large wildland fire. During the course of the fire fight, railroad lines, local roads, highway 138 and Interstate 15 were closed along with a large evacuation area that included Lytle Creek, Wrightwood, Summit Valley, Baldy Mesa, Phelan and Oak Hills.

At the peak of the battle to control this blaze there were 2,684 personnel actively involved in the fight to contain the Blue Cut Fire. These personnel have come from all over the nation to help with this firefight.

The Cause of the Fire is under investigation, however investigators need your help to determine the fire cause. If you seen anything, heard anything have photos or videos, please call We Tip 1-800-47-ARSON or submit your tip online at:

California Incident Management Team 4 is managing the incident, in unified command with the US Forest Service, CAL FIRE, San Bernardino County Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department, and the California Highway Patrol.

Fire Information Call Center will close at 6:00pm on Tuesday.


Current Damage Assessment:

A Damage Assessment Team working under the Blue Cut Fire Unified Command has announced that an estimate of 105 single family residences and 216 outbuildings were destroyed by the Blue Cut Fire, and 3 single family residences and 5 other structures were damaged.

SCAQMD has issued a Smoke Advisory for portions of San Bernardino Country.


I-15 North and Southbound is open through the Cajon Pass. Please exercise extreme caution as crews an equipment are still working along the road. There may be intermittent lane closures to make repairs.


US Forest Road 3N31 at Lone Pine Canyon Road is closed.
The dirt road portion of Lytle Creek is closed from the gun range into the Forest.
West Cajon Blvd. is closed.



The San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville continues to provide services to residents and their pets. (closing 8/23)

Jessie Turner Community Center Shelter remains open for Blue Cut Fire evacuees (closing 8/23)


Anyone affected in any way by the Blue Cut Fire is encouraged to visit the Local Assistance Center. The Local Assistance Center is the one-stop location where individuals and families can access available disaster assistance programs and services. 909-760-539-3093 open 8am - 5pm

  • For residents impacted by the Blue Cut fire
  • Donate at: or Text: RELIEF to 40403


Apple Valley Animal Shelter (small animals only)
22131 Powhatan Road
Apple Valley, CA 92308

San Bernardino County Fairgrounds (large animals)
14800 7th Street
Victorville, CA 92395

Devore Animal Shelter (large and small animals)
19777 Shelter Valley
San Bernardino, CA
(800)472-5609 or (909)386-9820


All forest roads, trails and facilities within or leading into the fire area are closed.


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.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday August 07th, 2016 approx. 12:15 PM
LocationNear Hesperia, Deer Lodge Park, Lake Arrowhead and Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
Incident CommanderRene Vanderhooft (USFS)
Incident DescriptionWildfire On The San Bernardino National Forest
Coordinates34.288 latitude, -117.251 longitude

Current Situation

Size8,110 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Chaparral, grass, timber (primarily pinyon)with litter and understory

Significant Events

Minimal, smoldering


Planned Actions

at 8:00 a.m. December 16, 2016 fire officials declared the fire fully controlled.