Big Bear Fire

Big Bear Lake Summit Fire

Big Bear Summit Fire 8/24/15 at 10:30 a.m.

Big Bear Summit Fire 8/24/15 at 10:30 a.m.

Smoke noticed at Destination Big Bear office shortly after incident reported.

Smoke noticed at Destination Big Bear office shortly after incident reported.

Forest Fire reported at 12:25 p.m. on 8/23/15

A fire was reported around 12:25 p.m. today, shortly before staff noticed smoke on the mountain behind the Destination Big Bear office.  It is yet to be determined the cause of the fire and firefighters and safety personnel were immediately on the scene.  Voluntary and mandatory evacuations close to the fire were issued to ensure both the safety of residents and to allow unobstructed access to the fire area.

Firefighters are challenged by the steep, rugged terrain and rolling debris.  Heavy air support has been used including 4 helicopters, an air attack plane and 6 water tenders.  Countless drops of fire retardant and water has been dropped on the area to squelch the flames and keep the fire from spreading.

Smoke plume from Big Bear Summit Fire could be seen around town

Smoke plume from Big Bear Summit Fire could be seen around town

Flames spotted shortly after Big Bear Summit fire reported

Flames spotted shortly after Big Bear Summit fire reported

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: 8/24/15 – The fire has been 50% contained.  Mandatory evacuations are in effect for all areas south of Pennsylvania Avenue between Knickerbocker Road and Jeffries Road, all areas south of Oak Street between Jeffries Road and Eureka Drive, and all areas south of McWhinney Lane between Eureka Drive and Thrush Drive.

Road closures for firefighter access and resident safety.

Road closures for firefighter access and resident safety.

Big Bear Summit Fire over 50% contained

Big Bear Summit Fire over 50% contained

 

 

 

 

For the most accurate and up-to-date information including containment and road closures, visit:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4563/27943/

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