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Apple Fire

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

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Apple Fire Update 18 Aug 2020

Apple Fire Wildfire
News – 8/18/2020

Incident Information:

Start / Report Date: July 31, 2020

Cause: Human Caused

Fuels Involved: Chaparral & Brush

Size: 33,424 acres

Location: Banning Canyon

Injuries: 4

Homes destroyed: 4

Percent contained: 95%

Strategy: Full Suppression

Current Situation:
Containment is at 95%. Crews are primarily focusing on monitoring and patrolling, as well as putting out hotspots and repairing impacts on the land. There is a chance of thunderstorms today and crews are monitoring for mudflows. Firefighters are working in extreme heat and steep terrain. Within the fire’s perimeter, pockets of burning vegetation may generate smoke.

An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service, effective until 10 pm Thursday, August 20. Dangerously hot conditions are expected for the Inland Empire. Firefighters continue to follow COVID-19 precautions, including wearing masks, practicing social distancing, using hand sanitizers, meeting outside, washing hands, and sanitizing workspaces.

Suppression repair on Yucaipa Ridge is complete. Recently burned areas are at a greater risk of mudflows and flash floods. Fires eliminate vegetation that can hold soil in place and charred ground may be unable to absorb water. Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) efforts are focused on the protection of human life, safety, and property. Rapid burn assessments identify areas that have increased potential for floods and mudflows. For more information, please visit the Apple Post-Fire BAER InciWeb page.

Safety Message:
Prepare defensible space around your home. Defensible space is needed to slow the spread of wildfire and protect the firefighters defending homes in your neighborhood. These efforts can also reduce the need for firefighters to move throughout the country, minimizing exposure to COVID-19 among incident personnel and communities served. You can learn more about defensible space at the CAL FIRE website Ready for Wildfire.

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The San Gorgonio Wilderness is closed to all use until further notice. The order prohibits all entry into the San Gorgonio Wilderness and some adjacent areas. Additionally, all Forest Service recreation areas in the Forest Falls area are closed. Fire restrictions have increased across the San Bernardino National Forest. Please refer to the Forest web page at for additional details.

A portion of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is closed to all traffic between the Cottonwood Trailhead, near the community of San Gorgonio and Forest Road 1N01 (Pipes Canyon Road).

There is a temporary flight restriction over the fire and vicinity. It is illegal to fly drones within the restricted area. Remember, “When you fly, we can’t”.

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