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Holcomb Fire near Big Bear now at 850 Acres

BIG BEAR, Calif. ( Firefighters are continuing to battle a fast-moving fire dubbed the “Holcomb Fire”.

The fire began just after 3:00 pm, on June 19, 2017, in the Holcomb Valley area, northeast of Big Bear.

The fire quickly grew to a current 850 acres, and as of 8:00 pm, remains at zero percent containment.

There are currently no mandatory evacuation orders for the Holcomb Fire, according to the Inciweb website.

18 Engines, 9 Water Tenders, 16 Hand-crews, 1 Dozer, 8 Air Tankers, including tanker 911 (VLAT), 6 Helicopters are assigned to the Holcomb fire. Night flying air attacks has been ordered to help fight the fire.

The following road closures remain in effect:
-Highway 18 is closed between Baldwin Lake Road north to the Mitsubishi Plant Road.
-Van Duesen Canyon Road
-3N16 at 3N09
-Holcomb Valley Rd East closed at Hwy 18
-3N69 at Hwy 18

The Pacific Crest hiking trail (PCT) at Hwy 18 to Van Dusen Road is also closed.

Doble Trail Campground and Tanglewood Group Campground are also closed due to the fire.

The fire information line is 909-383-5688.

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) is 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 “If you fly, we can’t!”.

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