News Update!!: San Bernardino, CA: Latest information regarding the “North Fire”.

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News Update!!: San Bernardino, CA: Latest information regarding the “North Fire”.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding brush fire, named the “North Fire”, that is burning in the Cajon Pass along Interstate 15 in San Bernardino, California on Friday, July 17th, 2015.

** As of 10:30am PT on Monday, July 20th, 2015: **

– According to both the San Bernardino County Fire Department and the San Bernardino National Forest, the “North Fire” is approximately 4,250 acres in size and now 95% percent contained.

Fire department firefighters continue to make good progress on the “North Fire”.

The “North Fire” behavior is minimal and smoldering.

No fire growth expected, continue demobilization of excess resources.

** Evacuations: **

– Evacuation orders have been lifted and all residents have been allowed to return.

All Restrictions have been lifted for residents who were effected by this “North Fire”.

** Damages: **

Multiple vehicles on southbound Interstate 15 caught on fire when the “North Fire” crossed. At least 20 vehicles including two semi’s were destroyed, 10 vehicles were damaged.

In the community of Baldy Mesa, California, at least 7 homes, 16 outbuildings, and 44 vehicles were destroyed, and a home, and 4 outbuildings were damaged.

A Damage Assessment Team is still finishing assessments of damaged structures so these numbers may change.

** Injuries and Deaths: **

– According to InciWeb, a person was injured, but did not provide any more information.

There has been no deaths reported.

No injuries were reported in the vehicle fires along southbound Interstate 15.

** Closures and Reopens: **

– Interstate 15 has re-opened in both directions, but please exercise extreme caution while traveling in the Interstate 15 corridor due to emergency personnel and fire department operations.

Highway 138 and many other local roadways have been impacted by flash flooding from weekend storms.

Forest Road Closures are in effect; the following roads are closed due to the “North Fire”:

Baldy Mesa O.H.V. Staging Area

Baldy Mesa Road 3N21

Desert Front Road 3N24

Forest Road 3N55

** Personal, Resources, and Equipment: **

– There are 608 fire department firefighters battling the “North Fire”.

At least 48 engines, 14 crews, 6 water tenders, 2 bulldozers.

Air Resources have been released from the “North Fire”.

** Weather Concerns: **

– Monsoonal flow will continue to bring increased moisture into the area today, also bringing the threat of lightning and gusty outflow winds.

** Addition Information: **

An Unmanned Aircraft System (U.A.S. or drone) halted tanker operations for about 25 minutes on Friday afternoon, but operations soon resumed.

When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage.

On the North Fire, an F.A.A. Temporary Flight Restriction (T.F.R.) is in effect and any private aircraft or drone that violates the T.F.R. could face serious criminal charges.

Even without a T.F.R., anyone who hampers firefighting efforts could face charges as well.

For more information on drones the public can visit the F.A.A.’s website at:

http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

“If you fly, we can’t!”.

Fire restrictions for the San Bernardino National Forest remain in effect.

No wood or charcoal fires are allowed anywhere on the San Bernardino National Forest.

Campfire permits are required for all propane/gas stoves and propane/gas lanterns.

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** As of 2:00pm PT on Sunday, July 19th, 2015: **

– According to both the San Bernardino County Fire Department and the San Bernardino National Forest, the “North Fire” is approximately 3,500 acres in size and is 60% percent contained.

Fire department firefighters continue to make good progress on the “North Fire”.

 

** Evacuations: **

– Evacuation orders have been lifted and all residents have been allowed to return.

Mandatory evacuations have been lifted for residents only.

Residents must present I.D. and enter at a checkpoint located at the intersection of Baldy Mesa Road and Phelan Road.

** Damages: **

Multiple vehicles on southbound Interstate 15 caught on fire when the “North Fire” crossed. At least 20 vehicles including 2 semi trucks were destroyed and 10 vehicles were damaged.

In the community of Baldy Mesa, California, at least 7 homes, 16 outbuildings, and 44 vehicles were destroyed, and a home and 4 outbuildings were damaged.

** Injuries and Deaths: **

– According to InciWeb, a person was injured, but did not provide any more information.

There has been no deaths reported.

No injuries were reported in the vehicle fires along southbound Interstate 15.

** Closures and Reopens: **

– Interstate 15 has re-opened in both directions.

Please exercise extreme caution while traveling in the Interstate 15 corridor due to emergency personnel and fire department operations.

Forest Road Closures are in effect; the following roads are closed due to the “North Fire”:

Baldy Mesa O.H.V. Staging Area

Baldy Mesa Road 3N21

Desert Front Road 3N24

Forest Road 3N55

** Personal, Resources, and Equipment: **

– There are 834 fire department firefighters battling the “North Fire”.

At least 64 engines, 27 crews, 7 water tenders, and 2 bulldozers.

Air Resources have been released from this “North Fire”, but may be available if conditions change.

Fire is in unified command with San Bernardino County Fire Department, CalFire, and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The “North Fire” is currently in Unified Command with San Bernardino National Forest and CalFire, and managed by Southern California Team 3, Mike Wakoski.

** Weather Concerns: **

– Monsoonal flow will continue to bring increased moisture into the area today, also bringing the threat of lightning and gusty outflow winds.

** Addition Information: **

An Unmanned Aircraft System (U.A.S. or drone) halted tanker operations for about 25 minutes on Friday afternoon, but operations soon resumed.

When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage.

On the North Fire, an F.A.A. Temporary Flight Restriction (T.F.R.) is in effect and any private aircraft or drone that violates the T.F.R. could face serious criminal charges.

Even without a T.F.R., anyone who hampers firefighting efforts could face charges as well.

For more information on drones the public can visit the F.A.A.’s website at:

http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

“If you fly, we can’t!”.

Fire restrictions for the San Bernardino National Forest remain in effect.

No wood or charcoal fires are allowed anywhere on the San Bernardino National Forest.

Campfire permits are required for all propane/gas stoves and propane/gas lanterns.

** As of 6:00pm PT on Saturday, July 18th, 2015: **

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** Picture from InciWeb. **

– According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the “North Fire” is approximately 3,500 acres in size and is 5% percent contained.

The “North Fire” started at about 2:33pm PT on Friday July 17th, 2015 near Interstate 15 north of Highway 138 in San Bernardino, California.

** Evacuations: **

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** Map picture from InciWeb. **

– Mandatory evacuation orders in Baldy Mesa, California for areas of east of Sheep Creek Road, north of Highway 138, west of Interstate 15 and Highway 395, and south of Phelan Road. (See Map Picture Above).

** Evacuation Center: **

– An evacuation center has been set up for residents is at Serrano High School located at 9292 Sheep Creek Road in Phelan, California.

Animals can be taken to the Victor Valley Fairgrounds located at 14800 7th Street in Victorville, California.

** Damages: **

– In the community of Baldy Mesa, California, 3 homes, 8 outbuildings, and 44 vehicles have been destroyed.

Multiple vehicles on southbound Interstate 15 caught on fire when the “North Fire” crossed southbound lanes.

At least 20 vehicles including 2 semi trucks were destroyed and 10 vehicles were damaged.

** Injuries and Deaths: **

No injuries were reported in the vehicle fires along southbound Interstate 15.

** Closures and Reopens: **

– Interstate 15 has reopened in both directions.

** Personal, Resources, and Equipment: **

– There are 1,000 fire department firefighters battling the “North Fire”.

At least 22 engines, 2 crews, 4 water tenders, a bulldozer, a air attack plane, a lead plane, 3 helicopters, and 6 fixed wing tankers including the DC10 and an MD87.

Fire is in unified command with San Bernardino County Fire Department, CalFire, and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

** Weather Concerns: **

– Monsoonal flow will bring increased moisture into the area on Saturday, July 18th, 2015, also bringing the threat of lightning and gusty outflow winds.

** Addition Information: **

An Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS or drone) halted tanker operations for about 25 minutes, but operations soon resumed.

Hobby drones, or (UAS) unmanned aircraft systems, pose a major safety threat to firefighting pilots and firefighters.

When a hobby drone is flown into a fire area, incident commanders have no choice but to suspend air operations and ground aircraft until the drone is removed from the area.

As hobby drones have grown in popularity, we have seen an increase in these drones interfering with firefighting operations.

A collision could easily result in major damage to our aircraft, injuries to the pilot and crew on board as well as firefighters below, and worse, a midair collision.

When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage.

On most wildfires, an FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is put into effect and any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges.

Even without a TFR, anyone who hampers firefighting efforts could face charges as well.

For more information on drone’s the public can visit the FAA’s website at:

http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

“If you fly, we can’t!”.

“North Fire” TFR:

http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_5_7298.html

Follow this link for more information on Responsible Hobby or Recreational Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or “Drones” on National Forest System Lands.

http://www.fs.fed.us/science-technology/fire/unmanned-aircraft-systems/responsible-use

** As of 11:00pm PT on Friday, July 17th, 2015: **

– According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the “North Fire” is approximately 3,500 acres in size and now 5% contained.

The “North Fire” started at about 2:33pm PT on Friday July 17th, 2015 near Interstate 15 north of Highway 138 in San Bernardino, California.

The “North Fire” is approximately 3,500 acres in size and is 5% percent contained.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

** Evacuations: **

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** Map picture from InciWeb. **

– Mandatory evacuation orders in Baldy Mesa, California for areas of east of Sheep Creek Road, north of Highway 138, west of Interstate 15 and Highway 395, and south of Phelan Road. (See Map Picture Above).

** Evacuation Center: **

– An evacuation center has been set up for residents is at Serrano High School located at 9292 Sheep Creek Road in Phelan, California.

Animals can be taken to the Victor Valley Fairgrounds located at 14800 7th Street in Victorville, California.

** Damages: **

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** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

– At least  4 structures have been destroyed.

Multiple vehicles, including a big rig truck and a boat on a trailer, caught on fire on southbound Interstate 15 when the North Fire crossed lanes. At least 20 vehicles were destroyed and 10 were damaged.

** Injuries and Deaths: **

– There have been no injuries or deaths.

** Closures and Reopens: **

– Southbound Interstate 15 is closed.

Northbound Interstate 15 has 2 lanes open, but traffic is slow.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

** Personal, Resources, and Equipment: **

– There are 1,000 fire department firefighters battling the “North Fire”.

At least 22 engines, 2 crews, 4 water tenders, a bulldozer, a air attack plane, a lead plane, 3 helicopters, and 6 fixed wing tankers.

Fire is in unified command with San Bernardino County Fire Department, CalFire, and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

** Addition Information: **

Firefighting aircrafts were grounded for 20 minutes due to 5 drones flying in the area and even chased 2 of the firefighting aircrafts. The 5 drones stopped firefighting aircrafts from protecting lives and properties which at least  4 structures have been destroyed and several vehicles were burned. Anger is growing over those people who flow their drones well firefighting aircrafts were doing their jobs and hope these people who flow the drones were found and be arrested for interfering in the battling the “North Fire”.

** Contacts and More Information Resources: **

– More information as well as updates regarding the “North Fire” can be found on the InciWeb website address.

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4395/

** As of 6:00pm PT: **

– The “North Fire” started at about 2:33pm PT on Friday July 17th, 2015 near Interstate 15 north of Highway 138. It is approximately 3,500 acres in size.

> Mandatory evacuations in Baldy Mesa for areas:

East of Sheep Creek Road

North of Hwy 138

West of I-15/Hwy 395

South of Phelan Road

Evacuation Center is Serrano High School 9292 Sheep Creek Rd, Phelan, California.

Both northbound and southbound Interstate 15 are closed. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

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** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

There have been no injuries. Multiple vehicles on Interstate 15 caught on fire when the North Fire crossed southbound lanes. 20 vehicles were destroyed, 10 damaged

Fire is in unified command with San Bernardino County Fire, CALFIRE, and San Bernardino County Sheriff.

Resources responding include: 22 engines, 2 crews, 2 water tenders, 1 dozer, 1 air attack plane, 1 lead plane, 3 helicopters, and 6 fixed wing tankers.

** As of 5:30pm PT: **

– The “North Fire” has burned 2,000 acres and still growing.

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** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

San Bernardino County Fire Department confirms 5 structures have caught fire.

Mandatory evacuations for the Baldy Mesa, California areas has been ordered for east of Sheep Creek Road, north of Interstate 15, west of Interstate 15, and south of Phelan Road.

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** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

Vehicles including a boat and big rig truck burned by this brush fire.

Unknown injuries.

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** Picture from Linda ‏(Twitter Username: @LindaQVilla): **

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** Picture from Justinian’s New Rome ‏(Twitter Username: @The_New_Rome): **

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** Picture from NeverShoutBijon ‏ ‏(Twitter Username: @ily_BiJon): **

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** Pictures from San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

** As of 4:30pm PT: **

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– According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, advising fire has crossed El Centro in Baldy Mesa.

There are reports of homes on fire.

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** Pictures from Tena Ezzeddine ‏(Twitter Username: @TenaNBCLA) and NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

More vehicles including a boat and big rig truck are on fire on Interstate 15.

People are running away from the fires.

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** Picture from BIGxPERRO ‏(Twitter Username: @R8R4LIFE): **

Drivers are trying to get out of the path of this brush fire.

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The “North Fire” can be seen from Victorville, California.

** As of 4:00pm PT: **

The brush fire started at around 2:00pm PT and has burned 500 acres.

Buildings are threaten in Baldy Mesa, California by this brush fire.

Mandatory evacuations for the Baldy Mesa, California areas has been ordered for east of Sheep Creek Road, north of Interstate 15, west of Interstate 15, and south of Phelan Road.

All lanes of Interstate 15 is closed because of the brush fire.

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** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, at least 10 vehicles along southbound Interstate 15 have catch on fire and were seen burned reportedly where the brush fire jumped.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, mass casualty incident dispatched Interstate 15 for possible multiple civilian burn victims.

At least 5 ambulances and 5 Paramedic engines are responding to those vehicle fires.

Authorities advised commuters to avoid the area because heavy delays were expected.

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** Picture from Matt Brooks ‏(Twitter Username: @TheInsulis): **

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** Picture from Sophia Thompson ‏(Twitter Username: @sopha_soph_97): **

Residents around the brush fire can see the smoke.

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Firefighting aircraft were grounded due to drone activity in the area, but have seen flying again.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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