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.
Current Fire Situation Map
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday July 06th, 2018 approx. 01:30 PM|
|Location||Forest Falls, CA|
|Incident Commander||IC Josh Boehm, IMT3, San Bernardino National Forest|
|Coordinates||34.096 latitude, -116.958 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||29%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Saturday July 21st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
Chaparral (6 feet), and Timber (litter and understory). Little to no large fire history in vicinity of the fire.
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.
July 21: Seasonally warm temperature will continue through this weekend with excessive heat next week. Thunderstorm chances are diminishing.