News Alert!!: Silverwood Lake, CA: The Pilot Fire.
Firefighters are continuing to battle a wildfire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest near Silverwood Lake, California.
The wildfire named the “Pilot Fire” has burned 6,298 acre and is at 6 percent containment on Monday, August 8th, 2016.
** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 Photojournalist Alex Vasquez: **
The wildfire erupted near Pilot Rock Conservation Camp at just 30 acres on Sunday, August 7th, 2016.
** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, mandatory evacuations are in effect for Highway 173 from Highway 138 to Arrowhead Lake Road and Arrowhead Lake Road from Highway 173 to Hesperia Lake (25 homes).
Voluntary evacuations are in effect for Mojave River east to Kiowa Road. Spillway north to Rock Springs Road (150 homes).
Evacuations centers have been set up by the American Red Cross for human at Oak Hills High School located at 7625 Cataba Road in Oak Hills, California.
For large and small animals, a shelter is open by County Animal Care and Control at the Devore Animal Shelter located at 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino, California and at the Victorville Fairgrounds located at 14800 7th Street in Victorville, California.
Dogs and cats require owners to provide a crate.
Road closures are in effect for Highway 173 is closed between Highway 138 and Arrowhead Lake Road and forest roads 2N33, 2N17X, 2N36, 2N37 and Miller Canyon OHV Area.
According to the Apple Valley Unified School District, schools will be closed on Tuesday, August 9th, 2015 because of poor air quality caused by the wildfire.
No homes were burned in the wildfire as of Monday afternoon and no injuries were reported.
Over 843 personal are battling the wildfire and fire department apparatus including 36 engines, 8 crews, 5 dozers, 8 helicopters, and 8 air tankers, including the VLAT assigned.
Homes were protected by the use of fire retardant dropped from the air and gel applied by firefighters on the ground.
At this moment, the cause of the wildlife is under investigation.
Anybody with questions regarding the Pilot Fire are urged to call the San Bernardino Fire Information Center at: 1 (909) 383-5688.