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Valley Fire

Unit Information

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

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Phone: 909-383-5688
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07/15/2018 San Bernardino National Forest Elevated Fire Restrictions
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Announcement - 07/15/2018
Smoke seen from the Valley Fire on Friday, July 20, 2018, from the Morton Peak Fire LookoutImage options: [ Full Size ]

Updates will be posted as conditions change

Valley Fire remains active as hotter and drier weather approaches

MILL CREEK, California, July 21, 2018 – Fifteen days after it started, the Valley Fire is still active in very steep, rugged terrain difficult and dangerous for firefighters. Fire activity has been minimal over the last week, but smoke may increase as hotter and drier weather conditions persist. Firefighters will continue to patrol and extinguish hot spots and aircraft may be used to reinforce containment lines.

Expect to see smoke from the fire in the upcoming days, possibly weeks, as heavy fuels continue to burn within the fire interior. Smoke may be visible to residents of Forest Falls, other local communities and to motorists along Highway 38.

The National Weather Service forecasts seasonally warm weather through the weekend and warns of excessive heat next week. Should thunderstorms occur over the fire area, an increased risk of flooding and debris flows may result in the closure of Highway 38, Valley of the Falls Drive, and any other affected roads. Travelers are urged to use caution, be alert, and be patient.

The Valley Fire began during record hot temperatures on July 6th, causing road closures and evacuation orders in the Forest Falls area. Currently the fire remains 1,348 acres with 29% containment.

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Current Fire Situation Map

Valley Fire Updates

San Gorgonio Wilderness Closure Order

San Gorgonio Wilderness Closure Map

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginFriday July 06th, 2018 approx. 01:30 PM
LocationForest Falls, CA
Incident CommanderIC Josh Boehm, IMT3, San Bernardino National Forest
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates34.096 latitude, -116.958 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel174
Size1,348 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained29%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday July 21st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Chaparral (6 feet), and Timber (litter and understory). Little to no large fire history in vicinity of the fire.

Significant Events

Minimal smoldering


Planned Actions

Incident transitioned from Southern California Team 2 to a local Type 3 team at 0600 on 7/16/18. Firefighters will continue to patrol and extinguish hot spots and aircraft may be used to reinforce containment lines.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal or no growth and very little or no fire spread.


Contingency lines have been combined with existing fuels reduction projects to provide added security for communities. Approximately 70% of the fire's perimeter is steep, rocky, and inaccessible to firefighters. Aircraft will be utilized to accomplish full suppression in these areas without direct line.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

July 21: Seasonally warm temperature will continue through this weekend with excessive heat next week. Thunderstorm chances are diminishing.