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Update: Milpas fire in Apple Valley burns 81 acres and 35% contained

UPDATE 7/23 @ 8:30 AM — The vegetation fire in Apple Valley dubbed the “Milpas Fire” has grown to 81 acres and is 35% contained as of Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

The Milpas Fire started just before 5:00 pm on July 22nd in a remote area south of Milpas Drive and Valley View Road near Apple Valley.

The fire was determined to have been started by a lightning strike, officials confirmed.

As of Tuesday morning, a total of 81 acres have burned. Firefighters worked throughout the night mopping up and building containment line.

Today, firefighters will continue with mop-up and increasing containment percentages.

125 personnel remain committed to the fire including 1 helicopter, 3 fire engines, and 5 hand crews.

Agencies cooperating in this fire include Apple Valley Fire Protection District, Bureau of Land Management, and the US Forest Service.

Cal Fire officials said they expect to have full containment by July 25, 2019, at 7:00 am.

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UPDATE @ 8:00 PM – The forward rate of spread of the fire has been stopped.

UPDATE @ 6:30 PM – The fire is reported to be 72 acres in size.

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( — Additional air support has been called to assist firefighters battling a fast-moving brush fire in Apple Valley Monday evening.

The Apple Valley Fire Protection District tweeted about the incident and said firefighters were making access to a vegetation fire on the south end of Milpas Road with air attack over the fire.

According to scanner traffic, at least six water tankers have been requested to respond to the scene along with multiple hand crews.

The fire is estimated to have grown to 5-10 acres in size with light-medium fuels. Several helicopters are currently making water drops.

Rindy Herrera, Victor Valley News Group Member said she was on her way home when she saw lightning strike the hillside and smoke shortly after.

Helicopters fighting the fire are using Spring Valley Lake to reload the water drops.

This is a developing story and the official cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Be sure to refresh this page for additional updates.

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(Photo by Jay Reece)
(Photo by Jay Reece)

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