Start / Report Date: July 31, 2020
Cause: Under Investigation
Fuels Involved: Chaparral & Brush
Size: 20,516 acres
Location: Banning Canyon
Percent contained: 0%
Strategy: Full Suppression
Hand Crews: 20
Water Tenders: 19
Total Personnel: 1,200
The Apple Fire has burned over 20,000 acres and has no containment. Much of the northern and eastern edge of the fire is in very steep, rugged hillsides which is not accessible to firefighting vehicles. Firefighters will continue to work to slow the spread of the fire using all resources available including helicopters, fixed wing air tankers, ground equipment and hand-crews. Fire activity is expected to remain high today, with areas of active flame and smoke visible across the area.
This fire is being managed under a unified command, which includes California Interagency Incident Management Team 2, a type-1 team, has arrived to help manage the fire. Measures are being taking to reduce exposure to firefighters and first responders to risks associated with the potential spread of COVID-19 both on the fireline and in fire camp.
Evacuations / Closures:
For Riverside County Residents: please visit https://www.rivcoready.org/ActiveEvents for an interactive map that will allow you to enter your address to see if you are in an evacuation area.
For San Bernardino County Residents: The community of Oak Glen is under an evacuation order. Forest Falls, Pioneer Town, and Rim Rock are all under an evacuation warning.
The San Gorgonio Wilderness has been closed to all use. Effective August 2, 2020 an Emergency Forest Closure Order is in effect which prohibits all entry into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area. This order also includes the Pacific Crest Hiking Trail between the Forest Boundary and Forest Road 1N01. Additionally, all Forest Service recreation areas in the Forest Fall area are closed.
Weather: Poor humidity recovery overnight. Today will remain hot with a cooling trend in the forecast. West winds will be strong in the afternoon and into tonight.
Cooperating and Assisting Organizations: Riverside County Emergency Management Department and Southern California Edison.
Safety Message: If you fly, we can’t. Flying a drone near a wildfire is not only dangerous to aircraft on the fire but can shut down all air operations risking firefighters and public safety.