News Alert!!: Big Bear, CA: Wildfire erupted near Snow Summit Ski Resort.
A wildfire erupted on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 near Snow Summit Ski Resort in Big Bear, California.
The wildfire named the “Summit Fire” has burned at least 100 acres and is 30 percent contained.
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The wildfire named the “Summit Fire” started at 12:25pm PT near Pine Knot Avenue and Knickerbocker Road, and has prompted mandatory evacuations and road closures.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents in the area from Knickerbocker Road east to Georgia Road and south of Pennsylvania Road to the forest boundary and east to McWhinney Lane and Thrush Drive.
At least 400 homes are being threatened by the blaze.
Voluntary evacuations were ordered for the area south of Brownie Lane, east of Thrush Drive, north of Switzerland Drive and west of Summit Boulevard.
Parents were notified that all of the schools within the Bear Valley Unified School District, except for Fallsvale Elementary School, will be closed on Monday, August 24th, 2015.
An American Red Cross evacuation center was set up at Big Bear Convention Center located at 42900 Big Bear Blvd in Big Bear, California.
A shelter for small animals was set up at the San Bernardino County Animal Shelter located at 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino, California.
Closures to roads includes Radford Road, Clarks Grade Road, Wildhorse Lane, and Skyline Drive.
Over 400 firefighters are battling the wildfire in steep and rugged terrain in the mountainous area.
Resources battling the wildfire includes 12 engines, 5 crews, 4 air tankers, 4 helicopters, 2 water tenders, and a bulldozer.
According to the United States Forest Service, no structures have burned and there has been no reports of any injuries.
The cause of the wildfire remains under investigation.