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Holcomb Fire


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On the Holcomb Fire near Big Bear, the US Forest Service has been utilizing firefighting aircraft both during the day and at night. The public is most familiar with helicopters and airtankers, but.. more


Approximate Location

34.299 latitude, -116.816 longitude

Incident Overview

Public Information Map of the Holcomb Fire for June 25th

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Current Situation: The Holcomb Fire began around 3:05 PM on June 19th. The fire is currently 1,503 acres, with 91 percent containment. There are currently 662 firefighters assigned including: 22 Engines, 11 Water Tenders, 18 Hand-crews, 11 Helicopters and 1 Air Attack. Unexpected late afternoon thundershowers on Saturday aided firefighting efforts. Southern California Incident Management Team 2 will be transferring command of the fire back to the San Bernardino National Forest at 6 PM today.

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Highway 18 is open. Drivers are asked to reduce their speed and be alert for fire personnel and heavy equipment on the road as firefighters continue to work in the area.

Roads Status:

Van Dusen Canyon Road (3N09) is now open. .
Access to Jacoby Canyon (3N61) is closed from Hwy 18 to Holcomb Valley Road (3N16).
Holcomb Valley Road East (3N16) is closed to Gold Fever Road (3N05)
Gold Mountain Road (3N69) remains closed.

Evacuations: There are currently no evacuation orders.

Hiking Trails Closures:
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is closed from Hwy 18 to Van Dusen Canyon Road

Campground Closures:
Doble Trail Campground
Tanglewood Group Campground

Weather: Sunny, with a high near 84. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Fireworks: Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forests!

Drones: Drones pose a serious risk to firefighting and can cause air operations to cease. When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage. A FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in 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 drones the public can visit the FAA’s website at “If you fly, we can’t!”.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginMonday June 19th, 2017 approx. 03:05 PM
LocationNortheast of Big Bear City.
Incident CommanderDavid Kelly

Current Situation

Total Personnel662
Size1,503 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained91%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday June 27th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

brush, chaparral and timber


Planned Actions

Continue to monitor for hotspots and continue wildfire suppression repair to dozer lines and roads.

Projected Incident Activity

Demobilization of excess resources will continue.


SoCal Incident Management Team 2 will transfer command back to the San Bernardino NF at 6 PM today.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Sunny, with a high near 84. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Unit Information

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San Bernardino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
602 South Tippecanoe Avenue
San Bernardino, 06 92408

Incident Contacts

Fire Information Center
Phone: 909 383 5688
Hours: 7am until 9 pm

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