(VVNG.com)- The Lake Fire was reported just before 4:00 P.M., on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The fire is burning east of Camp de Benneville Pines south of Jenks Lake Road. The Incident Command Post is at Barton Flats Visitor Center.
As of 10:00 A.M., on Thursday, June 18, 2015 the Lake Fire has grown to approximately 1,500 acres in size and burning timber with grass and understory. Firefighters have 5% containment and the fire is threatening structures. The fire is continuing to grow in size and spreading at a moderate to rapid rate of spread.
Evacuations include: Areas east of Angelus Oaks, Onyx Summit, Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, and homes off of Rainbow Lane.
120 people from Camp de Benneville Pines, 1 person from Camp Ta Ta Pochon, 24 people from Camp Alpine Meadows, 23 people from Camp Edwards, and 10 people from Camp Tulakes. Children from the camps were bused to Citrus Valley High School in Redlands to be reunited with their parents.
All Hiking Trails into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area have been closed due to the proximity of the fire to many hiking trails. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is closed from Whitewater Preserve to Onyx Summit.
Highway 38 is closed between Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams. Jenks Lake Road is closed as well. The San Gorgonio Wilderness is closed.
- Current resources assigned to the fire include:
- 500 total personnel
- 32 engines
- 5 air tankers
- 7 helicopters (including night-flying)
- 1 air attack plane
- 13 crews
- 8 water tenders
- 3 dozer
- Additional resources have been ordered.
The official cause of the fire remains under investigation.