Big Bear News – Cherry Valley, CA – UPDATE: 8/7/20, 4:30pm – Progress on containing the Apple Fire continues with the percent contained remaining at 30% and 29,267 acres burned. The containment line in the Oak Glen area will be completed by the end of the day today. The fire continues to back down slopes in that area to create the containment line. Good progress has been made on Yucaipa Ridge as well reducing the threat to Forest Falls. The Evacuation Order has been lifted for all areas east of Oak Glen Road, including Potato Canyon and Pine Bench north of the Riverside/San Bernardino county line. An Evacuation Warning remains in place for Forest Falls, Morongo Valley, Pioneertown, and Rimrock.
UPDATE: 8/5/20, 10:00am – As of this morning, the Apple Fire is at 27,319 acres and 30% contained. Fire activity last night was mainly on the east and west flanks. Ground crews made good progress on building lines around the perimeters of the fire. Today’s high priority will be for the protection of the Forest Falls and Oak Glen communities as well as limiting fire growth to the east. To date, four homes have been destroyed by the Apple Fire. The total number of firefighting personnel assigned to the fire is 2,578 with heavy use of aircraft and ground crews in areas that consist mainly of chaparral and brush. Evacuation orders have been lifted for Riverside County but evacuation warnings are still in place. The community of Oak Glen remains under an evacuation order with warnings for Forest Falls, Pioneertown and Rimrock. The San Gorgonio Wilderness area is closed and all Forest Service recreation areas in the Forest Falls area are closed. Additionally, the PCT between the Forest Boundary and Forest Road 1N01 is closed. The Apple Fire is still not a threat to Big Bear.
UPDATE: 8/4/20, 7:30AM – Currently, the Apple Fire has burned 26,850 and is 7% contained. For additional visit, see the story titled “Officials Determine Apple Fire Triggered by Vehicle Exhaust”.
UPDATE: 8/3/20, 7:00AM – The Apple Fire has burned over 26,450 acres and there is currently 5% containment. Much of the northern and eastern edge of the fire is in very steep, rugged hillsides which is not accessible to firefighting vehicles. Firefighters continue to work to slow the spread of the fire using all resources available including helicopters, fixed wing air tankers, ground equipment and hand-crews.
UPDATE: 8/3/20, 6:30AM – The Apple Fire burned actively yesterday, primarily to the north and east. The reported number acreage burned at this time remains at 20,516 but a more accurate acreage will be available later this morning. Much of the fire activity is being driven by the record low moisture content of the vegetation in the area combined with high temperatures and low relative humidity. These conditions are contributing to active fire behavior both day and night. The fire is burning in an area with no recent fire history. It is expected to burn into less dense fuels as it progresses. Currently, 2,266 fire fighting personnel are assigned to the Apple Fire. Firefighters on the ground and in the air have been engaged and are building firelines directly on the fire’s edge where possible. Others are protecting structures in local communities. Additional firefighters are arriving on scene to assist with the effort to contain the fire. Containment is now at 5%. The Apple Fire is still not a threat to Big Bear, as the fire continues to move east northeast from it’s origination point. San Bernardino County residents in the community Oak Glen are under an evacuation order. Forest Falls, Pioneertown, and Rim Rock are all under an evacuation warning. Additional evacuations may be put in place as the fire progresses. Highway 38, as well as Highway 18 in both directions, remain open.
UPDATE: 8/2/20, 12 noon – The Apple Fire has burned over 20,516 acres and now, once again, has no containment. In addition to the closure of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area and sections of the Pacific Crest Hiking Trail, all Forest Service recreation areas in the Forest Falls area are closed due to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department’s Voluntary Evacuation Order for Forest Falls and Oak Glen.
UPDATE 8:00AM, 8/2/20 – The Apple Fire, which began in Cherry Valley Friday night, has burned over 15,000 acres and is now 12% contained. Smoke from this fire will still be visible in the Big Bear Valley. Much of the northern and eastern edge of the fire is in very steep, rugged hillsides which is not accessible to firefighting vehicles. Firefighters will continue to work to slow the spread of the fire using all resources available including helicopters, fixed wing air tankers, ground equipment and hand-crews. A Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered today to assume command of the fire. Current resources on the fire include 20 hand-crews, 6 Helicopters, 178 Engines, and 19 Water Tenders. A number of air tankers are available as well. Fire activity is expected to remain high today, with active fire in most areas of the Apple Fire. Weather will remain similar to the past few days, with a high pressure ridge creating hot, dry conditions. Temperatures should be a couple degrees cooler than yesterday, with low humidity. Evacuation orders are in effect for those communities closest to the area of spread. The Apple Fire poses no threat to Big Bear.
UPDATE: 8:00PM, 8/1/20 – The Apple Fire is now at 12,000 acres and remains at 0% containment. Evacuation orders and warnings are in place to those areas closest to the path of the fire. The fire is still not a threat to Big Bear.
UPDATE: 5:30PM, 8/1/20 – The San Bernardino National Forest is closing the San Gorgonio Wilderness as well as inbound trails and associated parking lots. There is the possibility of additional evacuations that could be put in place in the path of the fire. Highway 38, as well as Highway 18 in both directions, remain open. The Apple Fire still does not pose a threat to Big Bear.
UPDATE: 3:30PM, 8/1/20 – The Apple Fire is now at 4125 acres and remains at 0% containment. Additional evacuation orders and warnings are now in place for those closest to the area of spread. It still does not pose a threat to the Big Bear Valley.
1:00PM, 8/1/20 – An ominous plume of smoke is visible from the North Shore of Big Bear Valley. The smoke is from the “Apple Fire” that started yesterday at approximately 6pm in the community of Cherry Valley. Currently, the fire is at 1900 acres with 0% containment. At it’s distance, the Apple Fire poses no threat to the Big Bear Valley and is under the direction of CALFIRE/Riverside County, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and CHP. Cherry Valley is located below Oak Glen, close to Beaumont. The fire is burning very close to the 10 Freeway. Evacuations are in place for Potato Canyon area west to Raywood Flat in San Bernardino County. Hot and dry fuels are creating a fast rate of spread.