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Lake Fire Update for June 30, 2015

Incident: Lake Fire Wildfire
Released: 6/30/2015

Lake Fire Update, June 30, 2015, 8:00 AM

Fire Information: (909) 383-5688

Date Started: June 17, 2015, 3:52 PM

Size: 31,359 acres

Containment: 60 percent

Cause: under investigation

Estimated Cost to Date: $32.5 million

Injuries: 4

Total Personnel: 1,936

Residences Burned: 1

Committed Resources: 53 crews, 75 engines, 2 dozers, 16 water tenders, 20 helicopters, 2 air attacks

Current Fire Situation

Yesterday crews worked on extinguishing hot spots near the perimeter of the fire where accessible. Crews that camped overnight near the eastern fireline made good progress working north and south of Pipes Canyon Road. Perimeter in the wilderness remained unstaffed due to the potential threat of thunderstorms. Most of the hot spots along State Route (SR) 38 have been extinguished.

Today crews will continue to patrol the fireline along the SR 38 corridor and in sections near Heartbreak Ridge. Additional crews will join the crews currently working the east side of the fire near the Pipes Canyon Road. Firefighters in this area will be extinguishing hot spots from the fire perimeter to an interior depth of at least 100 feet. Crews will be reinserted into the previously unstaffed wilderness areas. Firefighters will remain in the wilderness for three to four days to reduce travel time to and from the fire line. Suppression repair crews working along the SR 38 corridor will progress eastward using chippers, excavators, and other heavy equipment.

The damage assessment team continues to evaluate the fire area for further structure and infrastructure damage. The team has reported the loss of a residence and three outbuildings in the Burns Canyon area.

Today marks the second anniversary of the tragic loss of nineteen of our fellow wildland firefighters at the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Weather & Fire Behavior

The chance of isolated thunderstorms is still a threat over all areas of the fire. The rise in relative humidity helps firefighting efforts; however, thunderstorms can produce strong erratic winds, which could increase fire activity. The fire acreage increased due to the inclusion of unburned islands near the wilderness fire perimeter, but no perimeter growth was reported. Fire behavior analysts predict a potential increase in fire activity on the southern perimeter during the hotter, drier time of day. Temperatures will be slightly warmer than yesterday, ranging from 77 to 87 degrees with relative humidity between 25 and 35 percent.

Traffic Safety

Motorists may observe suppression repair crews and movement of heavy equipment along SR 38. Please be alert while traveling on the highway and yield the right-of-way to emergency personnel and vehicles.

Closures

The public should call the Serrano campground office (909-866-8550) with questions regarding campground closures.

Unit Information

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