BIG BEAR – The rapid-spreading Holcomb Fire was reported at around 3:05 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2017. The fire spread due to the hot and dry climate and the chaparral and timber fuels. The fire according to the San Bernardino National Forest officials is currently 850 acres and zero percent contained.
As of late Monday evening, there are 18 Engines 9 Water Tenders, 16 Hand-crews, 1 Dozer, 8 Air Tankers, including tanker 911 (VLAT—Very Large Air Tanker), 6 Helicopters working to contain the fire.
No structures are threatened at this time and there are no evacuation orders. Roads are closed from Highway 18 between Delta Avenue north to the Mitsubishi Plant Road. Also closed is, Van Dusen Canyon Road, 3N16 at 3N09, Holcomb Valley Road East at Hwy 18, and 3N69 at Highway 18. The Pacific Crest Trail is also closed at Hwy 18 to Van Dusen Road. Campground closures include Doble Trail and Tanglewood Group Campgrounds.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District officials said that winds blowing from the south and smoke blowing deep into the atmosphere are moving north into the mountains and toward the High Desert. This may cause air quality to diminish becoming unhealthy in areas which are directly impacted by the smoke. Everyone in areas impacted by smoke should avoid vigorous outdoor or even indoor exercise. People with respiratory or heart disease, older adults and children should remain indoors whenever possible. Windows and doors should remain closed and air conditioning should be ran to keep indoor air clean. Swamp coolers or whole-house fans should be avoided, as they bring additional smoke inside.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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