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Lake Fire Update, July 5, 2015, 8:00AM

Incident: Lake Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/5/2015

Lake Fire Update, July 5, 2015, 8:00 AM

Fire Information: (909) 383-5688, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM,

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

Size: 31,359 acres

Containment: 90 percent

Cause: under investigation

Estimated Cost to Date: $39.9 million

Injuries: 5

Total Personnel: 616

Residences Burned: 1

Committed Resources: 14 crews, 10 engines, 1 dozer, 5 water tenders, 9 helicopters, 1 air attack

Current Fire Situation

As of 6:00 am this morning, the California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 transferred management of the Lake Fire, which is 90 percent contained, back to the local unit on the San Bernardino National Forest. The forest Type 3 organization will include a core group of firefighters and support personnel who will remain to mop up, patrol and complete fire-suppression repair. Unstaffed areas of the fire will continue to be monitored by air.

The incident command post (ICP) at Big Bear High School will be dismantled today. A much smaller ICP will be established for the local team at the Mill Creek Ranger Station in Mentone.

Porterville Black Eagles 5 preparing for chipping operation along SR 38.

Crews continue to work on fire-suppression repair around the fire. Along State Route (SR) 38 you may see crews stacking vegetation on the edge of the road in preparation for chipping the material. There could be some one-lane traffic along SR 38 when crews start chipping that vegetation in the next few days. Please drive carefully through that area to help protect those crews.

Weather & Fire Behavior

Some lingering monsoon moisture will provide a slight chance of showers and possibly thunderstorms. Adequate resources are available through the holiday weekend to handle any initial attack of a new fire start.

Traffic Safety

Fire crews and helicopters will continue to be visible to the public throughout the holiday weekend. Motorists may observe movement of firefighting vehicles along SR 38. Please be alert while traveling on the highway and yield the right-of-way to emergency personnel and vehicles.


The public should call California Land Management’s 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 California 92408
San Bernardino, CA 92408

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