UPDATE: 3:00 p.m. Fire is now 350 acres and spreading fast with 0% containment according to the US Forest Service officials.
UPDATE: 3:20 p.m. Dry and hot conditions are making the fire additionally difficult to fight. Timber and brush are fueling the fire.
UPDATE: 3:45 pm The fire has now spread to 1000 acres, and growing fast. There are now 250 firefighters fighting the fire. The response includes 20 engines, 5 crews, 5 dozers, 7 helicopters, 7 air tankers, including the VLAT assigned, National Forest officials said.
See Update Article 4:10 p.m. : Update: Pilot Fire Over 1000 Acres; Still No Containment
SILVERWOOD LAKE – Firefighters are battling a 150-acre wildfire in the area of Pilot Rock Ridge, over Silverwood Lake, officials said. The “Pilot Fire” started at around 12:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon according to U.S. Forest Service officials.
San Bernardino County Firefighters are battling this fast-spreading blaze with 12 engines, 2 crews, 2 tenders, 1 dozer, 3 chief officers. The total response includes 200 fire personnel.
The Miller Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) area is closed. Highway 138 is also closed between SR-173 and Mill Creek. No structures are threatened at this time. The fire is 0% contained as of Sunday at 2:20 p.m.
“We did a few evacuations east of the Silverwood Dam,” said Forest Service spokesperson Bob Poole. “There were a few ranches, they are not close to the fire and they still have plenty of time to evacuate.”
CHP logs indicate there was a off-road vehicle fire just prior to the wildfire report. Poole said that they can not confirm that the vehicle fire was the cause of the fire until the full investigation is complete.
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