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VEGETATION FIRE HWY 38 BETWEEN MTN HOME VILLAGE AND FOREST FALLS - VALLEY FIRE

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Mtn.goat John
Sat Jul 14 2018, 03:14PM


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Valley Fire Closure Area announced


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Officials with San Bernardino National Forest today announced a forest order creating the Valley Fire Closure Area. The order, effective Saturday, July 14, 2018, temporarily closes a portion of the San Gorgonio Wilderness to all entry due to hazards presented by the Valley Fire near Forest Falls, CA. The order will last until the fire is declared out or until officials re-evaluate conditions and make modifications.

The closure area includes trails, such as Vivian Creek, Momyer, San Bernardino Peak, Forsee Creek, South Fork and Aspen Grove. It does not affect areas outside the wilderness, such as the Big Falls Trail and the Falls Picnic Area. A map of the closure area is available online.

Nearly 650 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE, San Bernardino County Fire and other cooperating agencies worked to slow the fire's spread over the last week, however extremely steep terrain and difficult access have prevented crews from achieving full containment. There are currently 472 personnel assigned to the incident.

Residents and visitors to the area will continue to see smoke for the coming weeks.

Hikers with questions about the closure can call the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909-382-2882, Thursdays through Mondays. To keep updated on the Valley Fire, check InciWeb, the forest Twitter account and the Valley Fire Updates Facebook group.


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Mtn.goat John
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Below is the final fire perimeter map provided by Southern California Incident Management Team Two. As of 6am this morning Valley Fire management transitioned from the Southern California Type 2 Incident Management Team to the San Bernardino National Forest Type 3 Incident Management Team.

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Management of Valley Fire transitions back to San Bernardino National Forest.

SAN BERNARDINO, California, July 16, 2018 – Management of the Valley Fire has transferred from a Type 2 incident management team to the San Bernardino National Forest, Front Country Ranger District.

Ten days after it started, management of the Valley Fire has returned to the San Bernardino National Forest. More than 120 fire personnel remain assigned to the fire to patrol and extinguish hot spots along the fire lines, with 4 hand crews, 4 engines, 3 helicopters, 2 water tenders, and support personnel assigned. These resources are available to respond to new incidents upon request. Expect to see smoke from the fire in the upcoming days, possibly weeks, as heavy fuels continue to burning within the fire interior. Smoke may be visible to residents of local communities and to motorists along Highway 38.

National Weather Service forecasts indicate the possibility of thunderstorms generating periods of heavy precipitation in the fire area through Thursday. Should thunderstorms occur over the fire area, an increased risk of flooding and debris flows may resulting in the closure of affected roads. Travelers are urged to use caution, be alert, and be patient.

The Valley Fire began on July 6th, causing road closures and evacuation orders in the Forest Falls area. Currently the fire remains 1,348 acres with 29% containment.




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MrOwl
Jul 18 : 11:12am
Probably doing chip seal

bluemeadow
Jul 18 : 11:03am
Does anyone know why there are several roads up in Moonridge that are covered with a layer of gravel? Is this a prelude to repaving?

***SCM ALERT***
Jul 18 : 08:51am

TYPE: TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
AREA: LUCERNE VALLEY
UNITS: ME8 MA302A
361XX FLEETWOOD ST - LUC X FAIRLANE RD/CHEROKEE TRL LAT/LON:34403797 /116874727
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***SCM ALERT***
Jul 18 : 08:27am

TYPE: TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
AREA: RUNNING SPRINGS
UNITS: MA50A S51 E50 E3556
305XX LIVE OAK DR - RSP NEAR X LEPRECHAUN DR/FERNDALE DR LAT/LON:34207518 /117136895
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Desert Way Jay
Jul 18 : 04:06am
SCM Alert, Nice surprise to wake up to. Top o' the morning to ya.

Fordawgg
Jul 18 : 03:55am
Just started raining big bear lake no lightining yet

***SCM ALERT***
Jul 18 : 03:41am
Wow. Dumping out with lots of lightning!!

Benny (N6BWX)
Jul 17 : 09:40pm
I do apologize Marty, there actually was a couple acre fire down in yucaipa a couple hours ago. They diverted some units off the Valley fire and knocked out out quick!

Marty
Jul 17 : 08:39pm
Someone also just asked about it (the smoke) on "Big Bear Stuff for Sale", so at least I know I'm not nuts. Maybe it's from Highland.

Benny (N6BWX)
Jul 17 : 08:32pm
No fires nearby, no drift smoke. Can't imagine anyone having their fireplace going but you know....

Marty
Jul 17 : 08:18pm
Strong smoke smell in BBC, anyone else getting it? Drift smoke?

Desert Way Jay
Jul 17 : 07:05pm
Thanks, Rock.

Benny (N6BWX)
Jul 17 : 05:44pm
We're well above average, if we're going with a normal July 1st precip reset (Some people now go by water year on Oct 1st. We should be at .73, and of course we're well ahead of that! Although some areas have seen far less than me. But an excellent start to the monsoon season!

NShore.Allen
Jul 17 : 04:04pm
Ben, your site says 3.28 " rain for the season..

is this typical? are we on track for normal monsoon?

love the rain..

ROCK
Jul 17 : 03:56pm
Jackie, Mr. B and Shadow can all be heard most early mornings, chortling or squawking from different places in the area. Oten, all 3 chime in at the same time. Last Thursday evening, there was a young eagle squeeing in the distance that sounded like Stormy. He hasn't been spotted in the area in the past several days, so may have left the area as he ventures out further on his own.
Sandy



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