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Valley Fire

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

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Evening Update for the Valley Fire, July 6, 2018

Valley Fire Wildfire
News – 7/6/2018

News Release

Contact: Fire Information Center
Date: July 6, 2018

Multiple Fires start on the San Bernardino National Forest

SAN BERNARDINO, California, July 6, 2018 –Firefighters from multiple agencies battled record high temperatures and dry conditions in their attempts to control several brush fires on the San Bernardino National Forest.

The Valley Fire quickly grew to 1000 acres as of 8:00 PM after starting at 1:42 in the afternoon. US Forest Service, CAL FIRE, San Bernardino County Fire and San Bernardino County Sheriffs are in Unified Command, working together to suppress the Valley Fire. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for the community of Forest Falls by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office. Structure protection and security are in place if winds push the fire closer to the community. An emergency shelter for displaced residents opened at the Inland Leaders Charter School, 12375 California Street in Yucaipa. Highway 38 is closed to all traffic from Bryant Street in Yucaipa, to Lake Williams Drive near Big Bear. Several trailheads and recreation sites in the Forest Falls have been closed. A specialized Incident Management Team has been requested by the Forest Service to manage this fire.

The Box Fire, which began on the I-15 near Devore, grew to 100 acres before firefighting efforts were able to slow the blaze. Two lanes of I-15 were closed for several hours, leading to traffic congestion for local freeways leading north into the high desert.

Additional fires were reported in the Cajon Pass, and in south Palm Springs near the entrance to Indian Canyon, a popular winter hiking area.

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Quick Fire Facts: Valley Fire
Fire Start Date: July 6, 2018
Fire Report Time: 1:42 PM
Location: Valley of the Falls Drive, Highway 38,
Acres: 1000 acres,
Fire Cause: Under Investigation
Fire Fighters Assigned: 500
Road Closures: Hwy 38 from Bryant Street to Lake Williams Drive
Evacuations: Community of Forest Falls, including Organization Camps.
Weather: Near record high temperatures, low humidity.
Terrain: Steep, inaccessible mountainsides.
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, San Bernardino County Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriffs, CHP

Quick Fire Facts: Box Fire
Fire Start Date: July 6, 2018
Fire Report Time: 9:55 AM
Location: Cajon Pass
Acres: 100 acres, 15% contained.
Fire Cause: Under Investigation
Fire Fighters Assigned: 100
Fire Engines: 12
Fire Crews: 3
Road Closures: Two lanes of Northbound 1-15.
Weather: Near record high temperatures, low humidity.
Terrain: Steep, brushy hillsides.
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, San Bernardino County Fire, CHP.

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