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Bluecut Fire Updates ; Information Updated as it Becomes Available

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UPDATE Tuesday, August 23, 2016
US Forest Service officials said that the Blue Cut fire is 100% contained Tuesday morning. The acreage of the fire dropped to 36,274 due to more accurate mapping.

 

UPDATE  Monday, August 22 6:10 am
89% contained
37,020 acres

UPDATE Sunday, August 21, 2016 4:00 pm The evacuation orders for Wrightwood, Swarthout Canyon, Lone Pine Canyon, West Cajon Valley and Lytle Creek have all been lifted

UPDATE Sunday, August 21, 2016 10:00 am

Lytle Creek residents can return home.

(RESIDENTS ONLY will be allowed past the road closure at Sierra Way/Lytle Creek Road and Glen Helen Parkway by providing verification of residency to personnel assigned at the road closure. )

 

UPDATE Sunday, August 21, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

US Forrest Service officials said that fire personnel are holding the fire at 37,020 acres. The fire is now 83% contained.

 

UPDATE Saturday, August 20, 2016, 6:00 p.m.  US Forrest Service officials said that fire personnel are holding the fire at 37,020 acres. The fire is now 73% contained.

UPDATE Saturday, August 20, 2016, 11:50 am

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS AREAS
Approx. 7,000 people
Community of Lytle Creek Canyon
West Cajon Valley

Effective Saturday, August 20th, at 12:00 p.m., the mandatory evacuation orders for the community of Wrightwood will be reduced to voluntary. RESIDENTS ONLY will be allowed past the road closure at Hwy 138 / Hwy 2 by providing verification of residency to personnel assigned at the road closure.

UPDATE Saturday, August 20, 2016, 6:50 am
Per CalFire

The Blue Cut fire has now burnt or is burning 37,020 acres. The containment is 68% with a total of 2684 personnel. There are over 100 structures damaged or destroyed, over 213 Outbuildings, and dozens of animals decreased as a result of the fire. Loss of human life and all final numbers are still to be determined.

UPDATE Friday, August 19, 2016, 6:30 pm

37,020 acres Burnt or Burning
40% Contained

ROAD CLOSURES

Highway 138 is closed from Interstate 15 to the Los Angeles County Line.
State Route 2 closed from LA County Line to the 138.
Old Cajon Blvd north of Devore.
Lytle Creek Road at Glen Helen Parkway.
Lone Pine Canyon Road from East Canyon Drive through Highway 138.
Swarthout Canyon Road to Cajon Boulevard.

UPDATE 5:15 pm Friday, August 19, 2016
EVACUATION LIFTED
Effective Friday, August 19th, at 5:30 p.m., the mandatory evacuation orders for all residents south of Phelan Road west of Green Road to Snowline Road, affected by the Blue Cut Fire will be lifted.
Johnson Road, Sheep Creek Road and Beekley Road south of Phelan Road will re-open.

UPDATE 1:00 pm Friday, August 19, 2016
Per a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department press release.
Effective 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 19, 2016, the mandatory evacuation orders for residents west of Baldy Mesa Road to Wilson Ranch Road south of Phelan Road to Mission Street affected by the Blue Cut Fire will be lifted.

UPDATE 7:00 am Friday, August 19, 2016
The Blue Cut Fire is not approximately 37002 Acres in size and is 26% contained.

UPDATE:  6:00 pm Thursday, August 18, 2016
Per San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department press release; effective Thursday, August 18, at 6:00 p.m., the mandatory evacuation orders and advisories for residents in the areas west of I-15 to Baldy Mesa Road, south of Phelan Road to Whitehaven St. and Praire Trail, affected by the Blue Cut Fire will be lifted.

North and southbound Oak Hills off-ramps will be opening
Santa Fe/Summit Valley Road and Arrowhead Lake Road/Hwy173 will be opened.
Hwy 138 will continue to be closed at I15 East to Summit Valley Road.

UPDATE 12:50 pm Thursday, August 18, 2016, EVACUATION UPDATE: mandatory evacuation orders East of I-15 to Santa Fe/Summit Valley Rd and south of Ranchero Rd to SR-138 will be LIFTED at 1:00 pm
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UPDATE 
9:45 amThursday, August 18, 2016, Per CHP Inland Division, the I-15 Southbound through the Cajon Pass is in the process of re-opening. All off-ramps will remain closed.

UPDATE:  
9:00 am Thursday, August 18, 2016
Evacuation Center Added:
Victorville Fairgrounds
14800 7th Street
Victorville, CA 92395

UPDATE 6:50 am Thursday, August 18, 2016
The Blue Cut Fire, according to Cal Fire spokesman, Daniel Berlant is
31,689 acres  and remains 4% contained.

UPDATE 10:15pm Wednesday, August 17th 10:15 pm the 215/15 northbound connector was re-opened as well as the 15 freeway northbound. The #4 lane will remain closed between Cleghorn Road to SR-138. The following ramps are closed: Kenwood Avenue, Cleghorn Road, SR-138 and Oak Hill Road.
Per CHP, the southbound 15 freeway will remain closed until further notice.

UPDATE 7:00 pm Wednesday, August 17, 2016

There are 25,626 acres burnt or burning with 4% containment. 1584 fire personnel are on scene.

UPDATE: 8:30 am Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Mandatory Evacuations Hwy 2 and Desert Front Road

UPDATE 7:00 am Wednesday, August 17, 2016
The USFS updated the information for 30,000 acres (approx. 47 square miles), 0% contained and 1309 personnel.
New Mandatory evacs Phelan/Piñon Hills so. of Phelan Rd from Sheep Creek Rd west to Green Road, including Desert Front Rd area, others remain the same.

Road Closures:
South Bound 395 closed at Joshua
Highway 138 has been closed from Interstate 15 to Highway 2
State Route 2 closed from LA County Line to the 138
Hwy 138 closed between County Line to Highway173.
Old Cajon Blvd north of Devore Cutoff
Lytle Creek at Glen Helen
Beekley Road from Phelan Road to the138
Hwy 38 to Lone Pine Canyon has been closed.
15 Northbound at I-215
15 Southbound at Ranchero

UPDATE  Evacuation Information and Hotel/Motel Vacancies

UPDATE 10:30 pm Fire is now 18,000 acres (approx. 28 square miles) and 0% contained

UPDATE 9:00 p.m. Fire is now 15,000 acres (over 23 square miles) and 0% contained.

UPDATE 8:45 Caltrans issues a news release for closures and detours.

UPDATE 7:45 pm  southbound US 395 at I-15 is now closed.

UPDATE 7:08 pm  Approximately 34,500 homes and 82,640 people are being affected by the evacuations. There is still no number of structures damaged or destroyed.

CHP recommended routes, from InciWeb:
From the Valley to the High Desert: Interstate 10E to Highway 62N to Highway 247N to Highway 18WFrom High Desert to the Valley: Highway 18E to highway 247S to Highway 62S to Interstate 10W

Evacuation maps on the bottom of this page.

 

UPDATE:  6:45 pm Approximately 82,000 residents are now evacuated and the fire is now burning or has burnt 9000 acres.
School Closures:
Hesperia Unified School District
Victor Valley Union High School District
Victor Elementary School District
Snowline School District
Encore High School.

Helendale School District
Apple Valley School District
Oro Grande School District
Adelanto Elementary School District

 

Update 5:30 pm School is closed Wednesday for the Hesperia Unified School District, Victor Valley Union High School District, Victor Elementary School District, Snowline School District, and Encore High School. Evacuations extended to Bear Valley Rd on the North, Hwy 395 on the East, and Caughlin Rd on the West.
Summit Inn is now destroyed as a result of the fire.

UPDATE 3:52 pm The fire has spread to approximately 6500 acres

UPDATE 3:25 pm Mandatory of evacuations of the entire community of Wrightwood.

UPDATE 2:55 pm I-15 closed south of Ranchero Road. Additional evacuations added for N of 138,E of 15, S of Ranchero, W of Summit Valley, all if Summit Valley to 173. Now 5500 acres.

UPDATE 2:10 p.m. The fire now has been estimated to be 2500 acres, per USFS officials. Evacuations just ordered for North of 138, east of Sheep Creek, south of Phelan Rd. and west of Caliente.

 

CAJON PASS – A fire that was first reported near the 15 freeway near Blue Cut rapidly spread causing emergency evacuations from homes in the Lone Pine Canyon, Swarthout Canyon, Lytle Creek Canyon, and the West Cajon Valley. The fire, now called the Bluecut fire was reported at 10:37 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 and has spread rapidly to over 1500 acres.

There is a 500 personnel response to the fire which still is at 0% containment as of 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The 15 freeway is Bluecut Fire
closed both northbound and southbound from the 215 freeway to Oak Hill Road. The 138 is closed from the I-15 to SR-2 and SR 38 to Lone Pine Canyon.

Evacuation centers have been set up at the Turner Community Center located at 15556 Summit Avenue in the City of Fontana or at Sultana High School 17311 Sultana Street in the City of Hesperia. Both large and small animals can be taken to the Devore Animal Shelter located at 19777 Shelter Way in the City of San Bernardino or the Victorville Fairgrounds located at 14800 7th Street in the City of Victorville. “There is no charge for the care of the animals that have come in from areas that are part of voluntary or mandatory evacuations,” said Brian Cronin, Chief of Animal Control at the Devore Shelter.

There are two minor firefighter injuries  reported as of Tuesday afternoon. The USFS officials said that the rail traffic in the Cajon Pass is threatened at this time. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said that Kimbark Elementary School students are being transported to Cesar Chavez School at 6650 North Magnolia Avenue in the City of San Bernardino.


Information will be updated as it becomes available.

 

 

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