Holcomb Fire Morning Update for Jun 25, 2017
Incident: Holcomb Fire Wildfire
SAN BERNARDINO, California, June 25, 2017 – Southern California Incident Management Team 2 will be transferring incident command back to the San Bernardino National Forest as of 6:00 p.m. today with Michael Koontz serving as Incident Commander.
Acreage has been determined to be 1,503 due to more accurate mapping. Unexpected late afternoon thundershowers yesterday aided firefighting efforts; containment is now 91% on the fire. The highest priority is to protect the safety of fire personnel and to protect human life followed by the protection of private property and structures.
Over 600 firefighters from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, San Bernardino County, CAL FIRE, Big Bear Fire and other local agencies are working to contain the fire. As containment increases, fire personnel are being released and made available for other incidents nationwide.
Visible smoke may linger in the high desert. For more information on air quality visit the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District website: http://www.mdaqmd.ca.gov
Please be aware of fire equipment and personnel on Hwy 18. If you are traveling on Hwy 18 between Big Bear and Lucerne Valley please reduce speed for public and firefighter safety. Access to Jacoby Canyon (3N61) is closed from Hwy 18 to Holcomb Valley Road (3N16). Holcomb Valley Road East (3N16) is closed to Hepburn Mine (3N32) and Gold Mountain Road (3N69) remains closed. A section of the popular Pacific Crest Trail between Hwy 18 and Van Dusen Canyon Road also remains closed.
Given the critically dry and receptive fuel types, residents and visitors should continue to be aware of fire conditions and be prepared if changes or new fire threatens the community.
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