HESPERIA, Calif: (VVNG.com)- It’s been three days since the Pilot Fire started and it continues to rage as firefighters continue to try and get the upper hand.
The Pilot Fire is burning Chaparral and brush in between Pilot Rock Ridge and State Highway 173 in Hesperia and continues to be mostly wind driven, officials said.
A total of 1,475 personnel are now assigned to the Pilot Fire. Resources include 98 engines, 14 water tenders, 1 helicopter, 41 hand crew, 14 dozerz.
Schools within the Apple Valley Unified School District, Hesperia Unified School District and the Oro Grande School District have all been cancelled for Wednesday, August 10th.
Firefighters have worked tirelessly in protecting structures. Their hard work has been triumphant since no structures have been destroyed or damaged by the Pilot Fire. Officials also say, no firefighters have been injured.
The fire has crossed Highway 173 in the Las Flores Ranch area. Firing operations were conducted along Hwy 173 near Deep Creek and progressed south-east toward the Hwy 173 closure gate near Burnt Flats.
Crews are continuing to construct dozer line from Pilot Rock to the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The entire community of Deer Lodge Park remains under mandatory evacuations. Also included is Aleutian Drive, Klondike Drive, Evergreen Lane, Yukon Drive. Hwy 173 north and south from Hwy 138 to Arrowhead Lake Road.
Evacuation Centers are currently at Oak Hills High School and Rim of the World High School.
Tonight’s temperatures will lower to 62 degrees with humidity increasing to 45 percent in the early morning hours. Winds will continue out of the south from 10-15 mph, with gusts to 25. Tomorrow’s weather is expected to be warmer with humidity remaining in the low teens.