Published Friday, June 17, 2022 – Sit Rep 3
The Sheep Fire is located off of Highway 2 and Sheep Creek Road, just northeast of Wrightwood in San Bernardino County, California. This fire ignited on Saturday, June 11, 2022, from an unknown cause that is currently under investigation.
Incident Command – Command was transferred from the CA Team 14, an Type 2 IMT today back to the local unit, which is the U.S. Forest Service.
BREAKING IT DOWN – Incident Timeline
June 17th – Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal activity observed with creeping, back, and smoldering. The fire has burned 865 acres of brush and timber. There is a 90% containment status at this time.
About 399 total personnel remain assigned with a decrease of 326, which were released in the last few days.
CTD has reached $4.7 Million Dollars and firefighters have successfully stopped the loss of any structures during this wildfire event. That is some remarkable firefighting!
June 16th – Firefighters were successful in achieving an increased status of five percent additionally and holding the fire at 865 acres. The fire has not grown overnight. Another weather challenge for fire resources with another warm and dry day with increased winds at higher elevations. Later in the evening, firefighters were credited with reaching a 90% containment status. All evacuation orders have been lifted.
June 15th – The fire was observed burning both in the Angeles National Forest and on private land near the Wrightwood area. Challenges to firefighters fighting the fire due to heavy and dense vegetation, steep terrain, and high/erratic winds. Crews continue to make good efforts on fire suppression tactics and continue with hand lines and hose lays around the fire perimeter. Additionally, they will be aided by copters. Both the Wrightwood and Desert Front evacuation orders have been lifted.
June 14th – 990 acres have been burned and there is now a 35% containment status. The fire cause is unknown and under investigation. There are currently cooler temps and low winds earlier this morning. 300 firefighters are assigned to this wildfire. They were working on mop-up operations and containment lines.
The CAL Team 14 is in Unified Command with the San Bernardino County FD and Cal-Fire BDU unit.
Shelters closed: Red Cross and San Bernardino County Fair and Event Center.
Infrastructure Impacted: powerlines carrying fiber optic lines were impacted and service providers established mobile cell sites to help locals with service coverage.
June 13th – Conditions began improving near Wrightwood. At this time, 990 acres had been destroyed and personnel had reached a 5% containment status. Total of 673 personnel. 18% contained.
June 12th – Fire behavior increased dramatically due to a wind shift. Multiple strike teams and aircraft were ordered and deployed. Mandatory evacuations were issued for Desert Front and a warning for Wrightwood. 990 acres. 5% contained. Evacuation warnings and orders are in place. Hwy 2 closed from 138 to Sheep Creek, Lone Pine Canyon Rd is now open. 200+ firefighters deployed on the fire line.
June 11th – Brush fire on Hwy 2 and Sheep Creek. Approximately 1/4 acre when it was reported. At 2203 hours PT, the fire had burned 35 acres and had a 0% containment status. Angeles National Forest and CAL FIRE BDU were in unified command. No mandatory evacuations were in place at the time. Hwy 2 was shut down from 138 to Sheep Creek area.
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