Category: San Bernardino National Forest

Evacuation Orders Lifted For All Communities Affected by Blue Cut Fire

San Bernardino County, CA, August 22, 2016 – Effective Sunday, August 21st, at 4:00 p.m., the evacuation orders for Wrightwood, Swarthout Canyon, Lone Pine Canyon, West Cajon Valley and Lytle Creek have all been lifted. RESIDENTS ONLY will be allowed past the road closures. Some residents returning to their homes may find that they are without electricity. Southern California Edison is working diligently to restore utilities. Residents returning to the evacuation zone should exercise caution. Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment continue to operate in the area. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will continue enhanced patrols through these areas with additional units. Hwy 138 is open to residents only from Hwy 2 to Stone Basin Road. Hwy 138 at Stone Basin Road to Interstate 15 is closed to allow emergency equipment in the area to replace power poles affected by the fire. Lone Pine Canyon Road at Swarthout Canyon Road to Hwy 138 is closed. US Forest Road 3N31 at Lone Pine Canyon Road is closed. The dirt road portion of Lytle Creek Road is closed from the gun range into the forest. The fire is currently 37,020 acres with 89% containment. 1,223 personnel are assigned to the fire. A Damage Assessment Team working under the Blue Cut Fire Unified Command announced that a preliminary estimate of 105 single family residences and 216 outbuildings were destroyed by the Blue Cut Fire. Calfire and all the agencies...

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Thieves Arrested in Bluecut Fire Evacuation Area

San Bernardino, CA, August 19, 2016 – On Thursday, August 18, at 7:00 a.m. deputies responded to a call of suspicious subjects at a home located within the Bluecut Fire evacuation area. Deputies arrived and made contact with Daniel Mervine, 27, of Jurupa, Natasha Rovinsky, 27, of Diamond Bar, and Trevor Sanchez, 29, of Riverside, who were attempting to leave the residence with a flatbed truck. The suspects told deputies they were picking up property for a friend that lived at the residence. Deputies made contact with the property owner who advised that he did not give anyone permission to take his property. The three suspects were taken into custody without incident and will be booked for Looting and Grand Theft Auto.               If anyone has information related to the suspects involved, they are urged to contact Sheriff’s Central Station at (909)387-3545. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at WeTip. The Bluecut Fire, which started on Tuesday, is currently 37,000 acres with 26% containment. Most areas evacuated are still under evacuation orders, however they have been lifted for West Oak Hills, East Oak Hills and South...

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I-15 Reopens in the Cajon Pass

Update Big Bear, CA, August 18, 2016 –  The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reopened southbound Interstate 15 (I–15) through the Cajon Pass this morning at 10:45 a.m. The #1 lane will remain closed from Oak Hill Road to Kenwood Avenue for Caltrans crews. All ramps will remain closed at Kenwood Avenue, Cleghorn Road, SR 138 and Oak Hill Road Big Bear, CA, August 18, 2016 – Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol  re-opened the Northbound I-15 through the Cajon Pass last evening at approximately 10:15 p.m.  All ramps will remain closed at Kenwood Avenue, Cleghorn Road, SR 138 and Oak Hill Rd.  Work will continue on the Southbound I-15 to complete guardrail and other repairs.  Southbound I-15 will remain closed until further notice. All other roads previously closed remain closed. One of the designated detours is the 18 from Lucerne through Big Bear and down the front grade via the 330. Expect delays and periods of heavy traffic. The Bluecut fire is currently 31,689 acres with 4% containment. There are 1584 personnel on scene with 178 engines, 26 crews, 10 air tankers, 2 Very Large Air Tankers, and 17 Helicopters, including night flying helicopters. Additional firefighters and equipment have been ordered and will be responding directly to the fire. There is still a threat to public safety, rail traffic and structures in the Cajon Pass, Lytle Creek, Wrightwood,...

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Missing Hiker Gary Grine Found!

Big Bear, CA, August 13th, 2016 – UPDATE – MISSING HIKER GARY GRINE LOCATED (08/13/16 @ 1:00 P.M.): Missing Hiker Gary Grine was located earlier today. Grine sustained minor injuries overnight in rugged terrain. At approximately 11:15 a.m. today, Grine was able to flag down a group of off-roaders, who called in Grine’s general location to Sheriff’s Dispatch. With the assistance of the off-roaders, Sheriff’s Aviation, and deputies and Search & Rescue members from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, Grine was escorted to a staging area where paramedics were waiting to treat his injuries. The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station thanks the public for sharing information that ultimately led to locating Gary Grine. Special thanks to the off-roaders for the assist!! Original Story: Big Bear, CA, August 13th, 2016 – On Friday, August 12, 2016, Gary Grine and his girlfriend were camping at the Hanna Flat Campground near the town of Fawnskin. At approximately 8:30 p.m., Grine’s girlfriend discovered Grine had left the campground with his hiking poles and camera. When Grine did not return later in the evening, Grine’s girlfriend notified the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff’s Aviation, a K9 Unit, and a search team from Bear Valley Search & Rescue was deployed last night and continues to search for Grine in the area. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gary Grine is requested to immediately contact the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station at (909)...

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Pilot Fire Evacuees Allowed to Return Home

Big Bear, CA, August 12, 2016 – Effective Friday, August 12, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., all evacuation orders and advisories for the mountain communities affected by the Pilot Fire have been lifted. Highway 173 will remain closed between Grass Valley Road and Rock Camp, and all previously closed forest roads shall be restricted to fire traffic to support ongoing suppression and rehabilitation operations. The fire has burned 8,115 acres and is at 80% containment. Residents returning to the evacuation zone are asked to exercise caution. Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment will continue to operate in the area. The San Bernardino County Sheriff shall continue enhanced patrols...

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