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Apple Fire

Unit Information

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

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Highlighted Activity

08/03/2020 Apple Fire Morning News Release for August 03, 2020
Incident Information: Start / Report Date: July 31, 2020 Cause: Under Investigation Fuels Involved: Chaparral & Brush Size: 26,450 acres Location:  Banning Canyon ...
News - 08/03/2020
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The Apple Fire has burned over 26,450 acres and there is currently 5% containment. 

The Apple Fire is spreading primarily to the north and east into the San Gorgonio Wilderness.  The fire is burning in an area with no recent fire history. It is expected to burn into less dense fuels as it progresses. Fire activity is being driven primarily by record low moisture content of the vegetation combined with high temperatures and low relative humidity. These conditions are contributing to active fire behavior both day and night.

Sunday night and early Monday morning the fire was very active. Multiple spot fires erupted on the north side of the perimeter. The spot fires were engaged by a night vision equipped helicopter. Two of the spot fires were caught but one grew significantly and will be assessed today.

Firefighters are building fireline directly on the fire’s edge where possible. In areas where terrain is too steep to access firefighters are assessing other options for control line. Structure protection is in place in threatened communities. Good progress has been made on the southern and southeastern perimeter. Moving ahead, strategy will include slowing spread to the north and in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Additional firefighters are arriving on scene to assist with the effort to contain the fire. The assignment of the new resources will give firefighters who have been on the line over the last two days some much needed rest.  Current resources on the fire include 32 hand-crews, 9 Helicopters, 275 Engines, 24 Dozers and 48 Water Tenders.

Damage assessment teams are deployed and will be surveying the fire area for damage to structures and infrastructure.

Hot and dry again on Monday with somewhat improved humidity recovery Monday night. Westerly winds will gust 20 to 30 mph Monday afternoon and evening between 1200 PDT and 2000 PDT, weakening after 2000 PDT but remaining gusty.

Read the Full Morning Update (PDF). 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginFriday July 31st, 2020 approx. 05:00 PM
LocationOak Glen, Banning Canyon
Incident CommanderUS Forest Service, Riverside County Fire, Riverside County Sheriffs, San Bernardino County Sheriff
Coordinates33.998 latitude, -116.933 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel2,296
Size26,450 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained5%
Fuels Involved

Grass, Brush and Timber

Significant Events

Fire burned actively through the night with active torching and spotting. Continued to make uphill runs

to the north.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Many resource orders remain unfilled or are not on scene yet.

Projected Incident Activity

Active Day and Night

Remarks

The fire is burning in an area with no recent fire history. As it progresses east it will burn into area

where fuels are not as dense.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot and dry again on Monday with somewhat improved humidity

recovery Monday night. Westerly winds will gust 20 to 30 mph Monday afternoon and evening between 1200 PDT and 2000 PDT, weakening after 2000 PDT but remaining gusty. Gusty westerly winds pick up again Tuesday afternoon with persistent hot and dry

conditions.