The pilot fire began at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2016, and of Monday morning the fire remains only 5% contained. The fast-spreading fire is now 4500 acres in size. There are no new evacuations but all evacuations including Arrowhead Lake Road from Hesperia Lake to Highway 173 and 173 east of the Cedar Springs Spillway. Approximately 25 homes are affected by the evacuations.
There are voluntary evacuations north of the Deep Creek Spillway, South of Rock Springs Road, East of the Mojave River and West of Kiowa Road, Forrest Service officials said.
At least 400 fire personnel continue to battle the fire, according to the most recent information the U.S. Forest Service was able to provide.There are no new street closures, the same closures remain in effect. “The Pacific Crest Hiking Trail has been closed from the Deep Creek Hot Springs (3W02) to Silverwood Lake,” said the Forest Service spokesman Dave Bentley.
Several Forest Road are closed including 2N33, 2N17X, 2N36 and 2N37. Bentley told a 24/7 Headline News reporter that as of Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. no structures have been damaged or destroyed. There are no injuries to civilians or to firefighters.
All area schools remain in session but will limit outdoor activities due to the Victor Valley area Smoke Advisory. The cause of the fire is suspected to be an off-road vehicle catching fire just before the wildfire started, but County Fire officials are unable to confirm until the investigation is completed.
UPDATE: (12:15 p.m.) A 24/7 Headline News reporter was able to speak with Greg Beck, the program director at the Devore Animal Shelter. Beck said that the designated shelter for both small and large animals is the Devore Animal Shelter located at 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, CA .
For now, the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds is acting as a temporary shelter, according to Beck. “Where the animals go depends on what happens with the fire,” said Beck. “The animals will possibly be moved from the Fairgrounds to the Devore Shelter, we should know more soon.”
UPDATE: (3:30 pm) The fire is still reported to be approximately 4500 acres and 5% contained. Additional fire personnel has been added for a total of 567 fire personnel, the USFS officials said. Mandatory evacuations are now from Arrowhead Lake Road between Highway 173 extended to Ranchero Road. The shelter for both large and small animals is the Victorville Fairgrounds located at 14800 Seventh Street in the City of Victorville. The Apple Valley Unified School District schools and offices will be closed on Tuesday due to the poor air quality and are expected to return on Wednesday unless notified otherwise.
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