Morning Update: Valley and Box Fires Freeways, Roads, and Evacuations

By: Simone Graham – Editor HDG:

BOX FIRE

Current Situation: Fire crews continue to work to contain the 100-acre fire. Personnel will remain on scene until all hot spots are found and out. No structures have been damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Evacuations: Currently there are no mandatory or voluntary evacuations in place.

Roads Closures: One Lane of the Northbound I-15 remains closed, Three Northbound Lanes and all Southbound lanes of I-15 are open. View the Most Recent Map for the Valley Fire – CLICK HERE July 7, 2018

Fireworks: Possession of fireworks is illegal on National Forest Lands.

Drones: Drones pose a serious risk to firefighting and can cause air operations to cease. When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage. A FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) may be in 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 drones the public can visit the FAA’s website at www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org. “If you fly, we can’t!”

VALLEY FIRE

A Smoke Advisory (pdf) has been issued by the Southern California Air QualAMity Management District (SCAQMD). Current Air Quality can be found on the AirNow.GOV website.

Current Situation: The Valley Fire started at approximately 1:30 PM on July 6th. The fire is currently 1,000 acres in size, with zero percent containment. The fire is moving north and east, higher into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area. Fire remained active throughout the night, and smoke will be visible to many in the Inland Empire. Firefighting resources will continue to arrive on the fire today, including Southern California Incident Management Team 2.

Mandatory evacuations: The Forest Falls Community east of Highway 38 has been evacuated. Structure protection and security are in place if the fire moves toward the community.

Evacuation Center: Inland Leaders Charter School-12375 California Street, Yucaipa CA 93299. Pets may be taken to the Devore Animal Shelter. 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino

Recreation Closures: Momyer Trail, Vivian Creek Trail, San Bernardino Peak Trail & Big Falls Picnic Area. A full list of Closed Recreation Sites is available at the San Bernardino National Forest website.

Roads Closures: Highway 38 from Bryant Street (Yucaipa) to Lake Williams Drive (South of Big Bear) closed to all access including residents.

Fireworks and Drones advisory apply.

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