NEAR BIG BEAR, CALIFORNIA
Fire incident – A 2nd alarm wildfire is raging just North of Highway 38 and North Shore Drive in Holcomb Valley, which is East of Big Bear Lake in California.
The wildfire began on Monday, June 19, 2017, around 1700 hours from an unknown cause.
There has been 200+ acres already destroyed with the fire burning heavy timber. Fire behavior is extreme with a fast rate of spread. Some are speculating this fire could consume up to 1,000 acres!
Closures – None at this time but this is a fluid work-in-progress.
Resources – Resources are responding from Big Bear FD, Big Bear Sheriff Office, CAL Fire – BDU and San Bernardino National Forest. 7 Air Tankers, 2 medium and 1 helicopter have been ordered.
Additional resources are being called in for mutual aid (@1714 PDT).
Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at Baldwin Lake.
Fire Weather – Current weather conditions are 87*F temps, 14% RH, Winds at 5-10 mph with a dew point of 32%. The heat index is at 83*F temps.
Observations – The fire can been seen from Victor Valley and from the Big Bear Golf Course. Some have reported seeing black smoke from Gold Mountain, North of Big Bear Valley toward Baldwin Lake.
Evacuations – Evacuations are being prepared or may be in effect for those near the Big Bear dump and for residents in the Baldwin Lake area.
Threats – Though evacuations are in effect, there are reports of no current structures being under direct threat.
Hazards – FIRE IC has been notified of dynamite in a local Holcomb Valley mine located in the San Bernardino Mountains which is about 5 miles North of Big Bear Lake, was deemed the site of the most gold mines in Southern California. FIRE IC will notify firefighters to stay away from this area.
Social Media – We are reporting this fire as #BigBearFire but there are other media outlets using #BigBearFire as well.
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