Pilot Fire: Crews Making Progress as Fire Now 64% Contained

Pilot Fire: Crews Making Progress as Fire Now 64% Contained


Apple Valley, CA

Wednesday Morning Update:  

   Firefighters have made major progress against a forest fire burning in Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains.
   The U.S. Forest Service says the 12-square-mile blaze is 64 percent contained Wednesday and is expected to be fully surrounded by Sunday.
   The fire still remains a threat to 5,300 homes between Lake Arrowhead and the high desert city of Hesperia to the north.
   More than 1,700 firefighters are on the lines.

The Pilot Fire continues to rage out of control near Crestline in the High Desert as evacuations continue and area schools have closed due to smoke.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the fire has burned almost 7,000 acres, and almost 5300 structures are considered threatened but so far, no structures have burned.

The Apple Valley, Hesperia and Silver Valley school districts all closed schools Tuesday because of the smoke from the fire.  

Cal Fire reports they have 84 engines on the fire, 12 water tenders, 7 helicopters, 8 air tankers, 22 dozers and 14 hand crews for a total of 934 personnel working the fire.

The fire started Sunday just after noon.  The cause isn’t known.   

Mandatory Evacuations:
•    The entire community of Deer Lodge Park.  Also included is Aleutian Drive, Klondike Drive, Evergreen Lane, Yukon Drive. 
•    Hwy 173 north and south from Hwy 138 to Arrowhead Lake Road
Voluntary Evacuations:
•    Areas east of the Mojave River and south of Rock Springs Road to Kiowa Road
•    Areas east of Santa Fe Road, south of Ranchero Road to Arrowhead Lake Road and north of the Spillway have been reduced to a voluntary evacuation
    Lake Arrowhead
•    The community of Grass Valley Lake in addition to the area north of Peninsula and North Bay Roads to Hwy 173, and south of Hwy 173 from North Bay Road to Grass Valley Road.

Road Closures:    
•    Highway 173 between Highway 138 and Arrowhead Lake Road (Hesperia)
•    Arrowhead Lake Road at Ranchero Road (Hesperia)
•    Highway 173 at North Bay Road (Lake Arrowhead)
•    Grass Valley Road at Brentwood Drive (Deer Lodge Park)
•    Forest Service Roads 2N33, 2N17X, 2N36, 2N37

Soft Closure (Residents Only with Identification)
•    Rock Springs at Deep Creek Road

Evacuation Centers and Animal Shelters:    
Evacuation Center: 

•    Oak Hills High School, 
•    Rim of the World High School

  Animal Shelter:
•    San Bernardino County Fair Grounds