The Pilot Fire is 100% contained as of the morning of Tuesday, August 16, 2016, Cal Fire officials said. The Pilot Fire, which began on August 7, 2016, at approximately 12:05 p.m. started in the area of Pilot Rock Ridge, overlooking Silverwood Lake. The fire quickly spread and containment, due to high winds, high temperatures, and low humidity was challenging.
The fire spread to 8110 acres (over 12 1/2 square miles) at some points threatening but never reaching 5200 homes. There were no homes damaged or destroyed as a result of the fire.“There was one outbuilding reported burnt, but it was nowhere near the fire,” USFS spokeswoman Rita Burkhalter Broadnax told a 24/7 Headline News reporter. “The fire reported was unrelated and suspected to be foul play.”
Only one minor injury to a firefighter, USFS officials said. Smoke from the fire and unhealthy air quality caused school closures of Apple Valley, Hesperia, and Oro Grande Schools, as students had just returned to school from summer break. As of August 16th, 8110 acres are burnt or are burning within the containment lines.
There is 486 fire personnel will who remain on scene for the continued efforts to put out the remainder of the fire, secure containment lines and as mop-up efforts continue. Residents may still see smoke as the fire burns within the containment lines.
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