News Update!!: Devore, CA: Latest Information: Blue Cut Fire.

News Update!!: Devore, CA: Latest Information: Blue Cut Fire.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the Blue Cut Fire burning that started on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 near Devore, California.

**** As of 11:00pm PT on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016: ****

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** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4  **

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has authorized the use of more than $700,000 to aid victims of the Blue Cut Fire that destroyed over 100 homes.

The biggest chunk of the money, $500,000, will be in federal community development block grant funds to provide assistance to residents affected by the Blue Cut Fire.

The funds can be used for various activities related to the clearance of damaged properties and for rebuilding fees for residents meeting income eligibility requirements under the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Also, $110,000 will be used to provide 40-cubic-yard bins for debris removal and $100,000 will be for miscellaneous assistance to residents impacted by the Blue Cut Fire.

According to County of San Bernardino Supervisor Robert Lovingood, we had 14 agencies and numerous community partners and volunteers helping evacuees at the Local Assistance Center at the fairgrounds, and we are shifting into a new phase in providing assistance.

Residents affected by the Blue Cut Fire and are in need of assistance with services and housing are encouraged to call 2-1-1 or 1 (877) 410-8829.

 

**** As of 1:20pm PT on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016: ****

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** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

According to the San Bernardino National Forest and San Bernardino County Fire Department Officials, the Blue Cut Fire is 100 percent contained and has burned at 36,274 acres.

The Blue Cut Fire has destroyed 321 structures, including 105 homes.

 

**** As of 8:00pm PT on Sunday, August 21st, 2016: ****

** Picture from Brandon Barsugli of the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

According to the San Bernardino National Forest Officials, the acreage burned in the Blue Cut Fire remained overnight at 37,020 acres and containment is at 85% contained.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the mandatory evacuation orders for the community of Lytle Creek will be reduced to voluntary.

Residents only will be allowed past the road closure at Sierra Way/Lytle Creek Road and Glen Helen Parkway by providing verification of residency to personnel assigned at the road closure.

We appreciate all the people who evacuated the Lytle Creek area.

The Blue Cut Fire posed a real danger to residents living in these areas and your safety remains our top concern.

We ask that residents returning to the evacuation zone exercise caution.

Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment continue to operate in the area.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will continue enhanced patrols through these areas with additional units.

The remaining mandatory evacuations will be lifted as soon as the danger to residents has been reduced.

**** As of 7:20pm PT on Saturday, August 20th, 2016: ****

** Picture from the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the Blue Cut fire remains under investigation and the Unified Incident Commanders has determined the public’s assistance is needed.

Anyone who may have been in or around the area of southbound Interstate 15 between Cleghorn and Kenwood Roads or along Old Cajon Boulevard through the same section on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 between 10:00am and 11:00am PT and believe they may have seen something suspicious is asked to share that information.

If you believe you have information, photos, or video of this area in this time frame, please call: 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or on the web at: http://www.wetip.com

The Blue Cut Fire started on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 and has so far burned 37,020 acres, destroyed 105 homes, 216 outbuildings and is at 73% containment.

All calls can remain confidential.

Thank you for your assistance in this ongoing investigation.

**** As of 7:00pm PT on Saturday, August 20th, 2016: ****

** Picture from the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

According to the San Bernardino National Forest Officials, the acreage burned in the Blue Cut Fire remains at 37,020 acres and firefighters have made more progress as containment reaches 73% containment.

Investigators are needing the public’s help to determine what caused the Blue Cut Fire.

Anybody with information is urged to please call: 1 (800) 47-ARSON.

**** As of 4:00pm PT on Saturday, August 20th, 2016: ****

** Picture from the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

According to the San Bernardino National Forest Officials, the Blue Cut Fire has burned overnight 37,020 acres and excellent work by firefighters raises containment to 68% contained.

At least 105 single-family residences, 213 outbuildings, and vehicles and RVs were destroyed in the Blue Cut Fire.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, mandatory evacuation orders for Wrightwood reduced to voluntary evacuation for residents only with verification needed at Highway 138 and Highway 2.

Highway 138 and Highway 2 is the only entrance for Wrightwood residents returning home.

Highway 2 at Big Pines remains closed.
**** As of 10:40pm PT on Friday, August 19th, 2016: ****

** Picture from Brandon Barsugli of the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

According to the San Bernardino National Forest Officials, the Blue Cut Fire has burned 37,020 acres, 40% contained, and some residents are being able to return to their home.

Investigators are needing the public’s help to determine what caused the Blue Cut Fire.

Anybody with information is urged to please call: 1 (800) 47-ARSON.

** Mandatory Evacuations Areas: **

– Entire community of Wrightwood

– Community of Lytle Creek Canyon

– West Cajon Valley

** Evacuation Centers: **

– The San Bernardino County Shelter Operations Compound continues to provide services to resident clients and their pets at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds (Victorville Fairgrounds) in Victorville, California.

– The Sultana High School American Red Cross Shelter in Hesperia, California is closed.

– Jessie Turner Community Center Shelter remains open for Blue Cut Fire evacuees.

** Local Assistance Center: **

All evacuees affected in any way by the Blue Cut Fire are encouraged to visit the Local Assistance Center open from 8:00am to 5:00pm PT on Saturday, August 20th, 2016 and Sunday, August 21st, 2016 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds located at 14800 7th Street in Victorville, California.

The Local Assistance Center is the one-stop location where individuals and families can access available disaster assistance programs and services.

A Blue Cut Fire relief fund has been established.

** If anybody want to donate, please go to the Inland Empire United Way at the following website address: **

https://ieuw.org/help

Donations can be accepted to the Blue Cut Fire relief fund by texting: RELIEF to 40403

** Animal Evacuation Shelter: **

– Apple Valley Animal Shelter

(Small Animals Only)

22131 Powhatan Road

Apple Valley, California

– San Bernardino County Fairgrounds

(Large Animals)

14800 7th Street

Victorville, California

– Devore Animal Shelter

(Large and Small Animals)

19777 Shelter Way

San Bernardino, California

1 (800) 472-5609

1 (909) 386-9820

** School Closures: **

(School Closures For The Week)

– Hesperia Unified School District

– Snowline Unified School District

** Forest Service Closures: **

All forest roads, trails and facilities within or leading into the fire area are closed.

**** As of 1:00pm PT on Friday, August 19th, 2016: ****

** Picture from the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

According to the San Bernardino National Forest Officials, the Blue Cut Fire has burned 37,000 acres and is at 26% contained.

During a Friday news conference officials confirmed the amount of building structures damaged during the Blue Cut Fire.

** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

At least 96 homes and 213 outbuildings have been destroyed in the Blue Cut Fire.

San Bernardino National Forest Officials wants residents and the news media know that the community of Lytle Creek is still under mandatory evacuations.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the mandatory evacuation orders will be lifted for residents portions of Phelan west of Baldy Mesa Road to Wilson Ranch Road south of Phelan Road to Mission Street.

Baldy Mesa Road south of Phelan Road will re-open.

Eastbound Highway 138 from Interstate 15 to Summit Valley will also re-open.

We appreciate all the people who evacuated in this area.

The Blue Cut Fire is burning very aggressively and at one time posed a real danger to residents living in these areas.

We ask that residents returning to the evacuation zone exercise caution.

Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment continue to operate in the area.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will continue enhanced patrols through these areas with additional units.

The remaining mandatory evacuations will be lifted as soon as the danger to residents has been reduced.

** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department: **

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department released pictures of suspects looting and grand theft auto that happened within the Blue Cut Fire evacuation area.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department,at 7:00am PT on Thursday, August 18th, 2016, deputies responded to a call of suspicious subjects at a home located on the 8600 block of Swarthout Canyon in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino, California within the Blue Cut Fire evacuation area.

Deputies arrived and made contact with the suspects, who were attempting to leave the residence with a flatbed truck.

The suspects told deputies they were picking up property for a friend that lived at the residence.

Deputies made contact with the property owner who advised that he did not give anyone permission to take his property.

The 3 suspects, identified by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as 27 year old Daniel Mervine of Jurupa, 27 year old Natasha Rovinsky of Diamond Bar, and 29 year old Trevor Sanchez of Riverside, were taken into police custody without incident and will be booked for looting and grand theft auto.

If anyone has information related to the suspects involved, they are urged to contact San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Central Station at: 1 (909)387-3545.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at: http://www.wetip.com.

**** As of 7:24am PT on Friday, August 19th, 2016: ****

According to the San Bernardino National Forest Officials, the Blue Cut Fire has burned 37,000 acres and is at 26% contained.

**** Weather Conditions: ****

According to the National Weather Services:

– Friday: Sunny, with a high near 96*F. South wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

– Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62*F. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

 

 

**** As of 11:00pm PT on Thursday, August 18th, 2016: ****

** Pictures from San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Mark A. Hartwig on Twitter (@YourFireChief): **

According to the San Bernardino National Forest Officials, the Blue Cut Fire acreage burned remains at 35,969 acres and is still at 22% contained.

**** As of 6:30pm PT on Thursday, August 18th, 2016: ****

According to the San Bernardino National Forest Officials, the Blue Cut Fire has burned 35,969 acres, is 22% contained, and nearly 1600 personnel are working the vegetation fire.

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According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, mandatory evacuation orders and advisories have been lifted for residents in the areas of the West Oak Hills area, west of Interstate 15 to Baldy Mesa Road, south of Phelan Road to Whitehaven Street, and Praire Trail.

Northbound and southbound Oak Hills off-ramps will be opening.

We appreciate all the people who evacuated in this area.

The Blue Cut Fire is burning very aggressively and at one time posed a real danger to residents living in these areas.

We ask that residents returning to the evacuation zone exercise caution.

Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment continue to operate in the area.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff will continue enhanced patrols through these areas with additional units.

The remaining mandatory evacuations will be lifted as soon as the danger to residents has been reduced.

** As of 3:00pm PT on Thursday, August 18th, 2016: **

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, mandatory evacuations orders have been lifted for East Oak Hills and South Hesperia.

**** As of 1:00pm PT on Thursday, August 18th, 2016: ****

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the mandatory evacuation orders and advisories have been lifted for residents in the areas east of Interstate 15 to Santa Fe/Summit Valley Road, and south of Ranchero Road to Highway 138.

Santa Fe/Summit Valley Road and Arrowhead Lake Road/Highway 173 will be opened.

Highway 138 will continue to be closed at Interstate 15 east to Summit Valley Road.

We appreciate all the people who evacuated in this area.

The Blue Cut Fire is burning very aggressively and at one time posed a real danger to residents living in these areas.

We ask that residents returning to the evacuation zone exercise caution.

Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment continue to operate in the area.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will continue enhanced patrols through these areas with additional units.

The remaining mandatory evacuations will be lifted as soon as the danger to residents has been reduced.

** As of 11:00am PT on Thursday, August 18th, 2016: **

** Picture from Caltrans District 8: **

According to the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans District 8, northbound and southbound Interstate 15 through the Cajon Pass is open.

The Blue Cut Fire closed Interstate 15 in both directions on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 in the Cajon Pass near Devore, California.

** As of 10:00am PT on Thursday, August 18th, 2016: **

According to the California Highway Patrol, southbound Interstate 15 through the Cajon Pass is in the process of re-opening, but all off-ramps will remain closed.

** As of 7:02am PT on Thursday, August 18th, 2016: **

** Pictures from San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Mark A. Hartwig on Twitter (@YourFireChief): **

According to San Bernardino National Forest Officials, the Blue Cut Fire has scorches 31,689 acres and remains at 4% contained.

According to San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Mark A. Hartwig, yesterday firefighters able to protect Lytle Creek, California; Wrightwood, California; West Cajon Valley, California in tough conditions.

** Pictures by Brandon Barsugli and Captain Zack Taylor: **

Firefighters are seen performing Structure Defense, preping and defending to both homes and businesses, while battling the Blue Cut Fire.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department wants residents to please continue to watch the voluntary and mandatory evacuation orders. By leaving early, you will give your family the best chance of surviving a wildfire. You also help firefighters by keeping roads clear of congestion, enabling them to move more freely and do their job.

The mandatory evacuations remain in affect.

**** Mandatory Evacuations Areas: ****

The entire community of Wrightwood

Wrightwood from San Bernardino County Line to Jackson Lake

West of I-15, and West of Hwy 395 and west of Summit Valley

South of Bear Valley Rd. and East of Caughlin Road.

East of Sheep Creek, south of Phelan Rd. and west of Green Road, including the Desert Front Rd. area.

Lone Pine Canyon

Swarthout Canyon

West Cajon Valley

Lytle Creek Canyon

**** Evacuation Centers: ****

Jessie Turner Community Center

15556 Summit Avenue

Fontana, California
Sultana High School

17311 Sultana Street

Hesperia, California

**** Animal Evacuation Shelter: ****

Apple Valley Animal Shelter (small animals only)

22131 Powhatan Road

Apple Valley, California
San Bernardino County Fairgrounds (large animals)

14800 7th Street

Victorville, California
Devore Animal Shelter (large and small animals)

19777 Shelter Way

Devore, California

1 (800) 472-5609

1 (909) 386-9820

**** Hospital Closures: ****

Kaiser Permanente Clinic, located at 14011 Park Avenue, in Victorville California was closed on Wednesday and possibly on Thursday.

For additional information, please call: 1 (888) 750-0036.

**** School Closures: ****

– School closures for Thursday, August 18, 2016:

Adelanto Elementary S.D.

Apple Valley U.S.D.

Barstow U.S.D.

Helendale S.D.

Kimbark Elementary School

Oro Grande S.D.

SBCUSD bus operations in the Devore area only

Silver Valley U.S.D.

Victor Elementary S.D.

Victor Valley Union H.S.D.

– School closures for the rest of the Week:

Hesperia U.S.D.

Snowline U.S.D.

**** Road Openings and Closures: ****

– The Interstate 215/ Interstate 15 northbound connector is reopened.

– Northbound Interstate 15 is reopened through the Cajon Pass.

– The #4 lane on northbound Interstate 15 remains closed between Cleghorn Road to Highway 138.

– All ramps along northbound Interstate 15 remain closed including Kenwood Avenue, Cleghorn Road, Highway 138, and Oak Hill Road

– Southbound Interstate 15 remains closed until further notice.

**** Weather Conditions: ****

According to the National Weather Services:

– Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 96*F. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

– Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62*F. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

** As of 11:00pm PT on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016: **

According to San Bernardino National Forest Officials, the Blue Cut Fire is around 25,626 acres and is at 4% contained.

Around 1584 personnel as well as 178 engines, 26 crews, 10 air tankers, 2 Very Large Air Tankers (V.L.A.T.S.), and 17 Helicopters, including night flying helicopters, are on scene.

**** Mandatory Evacuations Areas: ****
The entire community of Wrightwood

Wrightwood from San Bernardino County Line to Jackson Lake

West of I-15, and West of Hwy 395 and west of Summit Valley

South of Bear Valley Rd. and East of Caughlin Road.

East of Sheep Creek, south of Phelan Rd. and west of Green Road, including the Desert Front Rd. area.

Lone Pine Canyon

Swarthout Canyon

West Cajon Valley

Lytle Creek Canyon

**** Evacuation Centers: ****

Jessie Turner Community Center

15556 Summit Avenue

Fontana, California
Sultana High School

17311 Sultana Street

Hesperia, California

**** Animal Evacuation Shelter: ****

Apple Valley Animal Shelter (small animals only)

22131 Powhatan Road

Apple Valley, California
San Bernardino County Fairgrounds (large animals)

14800 7th Street

Victorville, California
Devore Animal Shelter (large and small animals)

19777 Shelter Way

Devore, California

1 (800) 472-5609

1 (909) 386-9820

**** School Closures: ****

– School closures for Thursday, August 18, 2016:
Adelanto Elementary S.D.

Apple Valley U.S.D.

Barstow U.S.D.

Helendale S.D.

Kimbark Elementary School

Oro Grande S.D.

SBCUSD bus operations in the Devore area only

Silver Valley U.S.D.

Victor Elementary S.D.

Victor Valley Union H.S.D.

– School closures for the rest of the Week:
Hesperia U.S.D.

Snowline U.S.D.

**** Road Openings: ****

As of 10:15pm PT Wednesday, the 215/15 NB connector will re-open. Shortly there after, the I-15 NB will be fully open through the Cajon Pass.

**** Road Closures: ****

South Bound 395 closed at Joshua

Highway 138 has been closed from Interstate 15 to Highway 2

State Route 2 closed from LA County Line to the 138

Hwy 138 closed between County Line to Highway173.

Old Cajon Blvd north of Devore Cutoff

Lytle Creek @ Glen Helen

Beekley Road from Phelan Road to the138

Hwy 38 to Lone Pine Canyon has been closed.

15 Southbound at Ranchero
Oversize and over-length vehicles (buses, RVs, Semis) advised to not use SR18 or SR138 , or other mountain roads due to the amount of traffic utilizing these roads with the San Bernardino Mountains.

** As of 6:40pm PT on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016: **

Officials are saying that the Blue Cut Fire has burned 25,626 acres, which is an decrease from 30,000 acres earlier released by officials, and is at 4% contained.

The Blue Cut Fire did came dangerously close to Lytle Creek, California on Wednesday moving down a ridge near the Mountain Lakes Resort.

Fire department crews made aggressive water drops to stop the flames that continued ripping through dry brush and eventually succeeded.

People who were at the Mountain Lakes Resort in Lytle Creek, California were able to safely evacuate the area.

A small group of llamas and alpacas were left behind, but luckily survived thanks to the quick efforts of fire department crews.

** As of 2:00pm PT on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016: **

** Pictures from Photojournalist Alex Vasquez of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4  **

According to the San Bernardino National Forest Officials, the Blue Cut Fire has burned 30,000 acres and is at no containment.

The Blue Cut Fire is moving close to Wrightwood, California and just yards from structures in the Lytle Creek, California area.

Over 83,000 evacuees and over 34,900 homes are under the evacuation orders.

**** Mandatory Evacuations: ****

– Wrightwood
– Lytle Creek
– Lytle Creek Canyon
– Mountain Lakes Camp Site in Lytle Creek
– Lone Pine Canyon
– Swarthout Canyon
– West Cajon Valley
– West Oak Hills
– Phelan
– Baldy Mesa, both north and south of Phelan Road
– All of Summit Valley to Highway 173
– Areas north of Highway 138
– Interstate 15 east to Summit Valley Road
– Interstate 15 east to Highway 173 and Highway 138 interchange in Summit Valley
– Everything south of Ranchero
– Areas west of Summit Valley Road
– Areas east of Sheep Creek
– Areas south of Phelan Road from Sheep Creek Road to Green Road, including Desert Front Road area
– Areas west of Caliente Street
– Neighborhoods bounded by Bear Valley Road on the north, Highway 395 on the east and Caughlin Road on the west.

**** Road Closures: ****

– Northbound Interstate 15 from Interstate 215 at Kenwood Avenue
– Southbound Interstate 15 closed at Ranchero Road in Hesperia to Interstate 215 Freeway in San Bernardino
– Eastbound Highway 138 at Highway 18
– Lone Pine Road
– Swarthout Canyon
– Old Cajon Road from Cleghorn Street to Kenwood Avenue
– State Route 2 from the Los Angeles County line to Highway 138
– Highway 138 from the Los Angeles County Line to Highway 173.
– U.S. Route 395 southbound at Interstate 15.
Eastbound  State Route 2 at Big Pines Highway
– Highway 38 to Lone Pine Canyon
– Beekley Road from Phelan Road to Highway 138
– Lytle Creek at Glen Helen

**** Detours: ****

– Eastbound Interstate 10 to eastbound Highway 62 to northbound Highway 247 to westbound Highway 18
– Northbound Interstate 5 to northbound State Route 14 to eastbound State Route 58 to Interstate 15
– Highway 18 through Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley to Highway 330 through Big Bear

**** Power Outages: ****

According to Southern California Edison, there are about 649 customers without power due to Blue Cut Fire and an estimated time for restoring power is unavailable at this time.

**** School Closures: ****

Because of the smoke from the Blue Cut Fire, multiple school districts in the area are closed due to poor air quality.

– All campuses of the Oro Grande School District will be closed Wednesday. Updates at: http://www.orogrande.net
– Apple Valley School District schools are closed Wednesday.
– Snowline Unified School District is closed Wednesday.
– Hesperia Unified School District is closed Wednesday.
– Silver Valley Unified School District is closed Wednesday.
– Adelanto Elementary School District is closed Wednesday.
– Barstow Unified School District is closed Wednesday.
– Helendale School District is closed Wednesday.
– Oro Grande School District is closed Wednesday.
– Victor Elementary School District is closed Wednesday.
– Victor Valley Union High School District is closed Wednesday.
– The San Bernardino City Unified School District said students who usually are dropped off in Devore will be taken to Chavez Middle School until parents can pick them up. Parents going to Chavez Middle School were urged to use the parking lot off of North Magnolia Avenue.
– Officials with the San Bernardino City Unified School District said they were closely monitoring the fire and anticipated school to be open Wednesday.

** Picture of Burn Area Map from Janice Rutherford of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Twitter (@JanRutherford): **

**** Evacuation Centers: ****
– Jessie Turner Community Center located at 15556 Summit Avenue in Fontana, California
– Sultana High School located at 17311 Sultana Street in Hesperia, California

**** Animal Evacuation Shelter: ****

– Devore Animal Shelter (Small Animals) located at 19777 Shelter Way in Devore, California
– Apple Valley Animal Shelter (Large and Small Animals) located at 22131 Powhatan Road in Apple Valley, California
– Victorville Fairgrounds (Large Animals) located at 14800 7th Avenue in Victorville, California

**** Donations: ****

Donations for Blue Cut Fire victims are being accepted at Salvation Army located at 14585 La Paz in Victorville, California from 9:00am to 12:00pm PT and from 1:00pm to 3:00pm PT.
Also, donations for Blue Cut Fire victims are also being accepted at High Desert Church located at 14545 Hook Boulevard in Victorville, California from 8:30am to 4:30pm PT.

**** Public Information: ****

– United States Forest Service Public and Media Information Line: 1 (909) 383-5688
– United States Forest Service Public and Media website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov
**** Weather Conditions: ****

According to the National Weather Services:
– Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 99*F. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
– Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 62*F. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

** As of 10:00am PT on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016: **

** Picture from Rick Montanez of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 on Twitter (@RickNBCLA): **

Durimg a news confernce held at 9:00am PT, Incident Command Officials spoke to the news media about the latest information on the Blue Cut Fire.

The Blue Cut Fire has burned 30,000 acres and is at no containment.

The Blue Cut Fire grew from 28 square miles late Tuesday to more than 46 square miles by Wednesday morning.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the Mandatory Evacuation are for the areas of Wrightwood, California from San Bernardino County Line to Jackson Lake, west of Interstate 15, and west of Highway 395 and west of Summit Valley, south of Bear Valley Road, east of Caughlin Road, east of Sheep Creek, south of Phelan Road, and west of Green Road including the Desert Front Road area, Lone Pine Canyon, Swarthout Canyon, West Cajon Valley, and Lytle Creek Canyon.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is also assisting with evacuations in Wrightwood, California area.

At least 83,000 evacuees and 34,900 homes are under the evacuation orders.

The Blue Cut Fire has burned and destroyed several mobile homes and other structures, including a historic Summit Inn restaurant in Oak Hills, California as well as several vehicles, utility poles, and flames twisted around a large cross reportedly causing damage.

Interstate 15 remains closed in both directions through the Cajon Pass, and State Route 138 is closed from State Route 2 to Interstate 15.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, fire department personnel from far and wide are assisting in battling the Blue Cut Fire.

The California Highway Patrol would like to remind all big rig truckers that no big rig trucks are allow on Highway 18, Highway 138, and on mountain roads.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Amtrak halted train operations along the Cajon Pass due the Blue Cut Fire.

Railroad officials are currently inspecting a damaged train trestle with buckled that got burned during the Blue Cut Fire.

** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

At least 10 air tankers dropping fire retardant and 15 Helicopters dropping water are helping in the battle on the Blue Cut Fire.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, 100 support personnel are assisting.

At least 40 citizen volunteers assigned to command post duties and posse members assisting with animal evacuations

At least 10 members of the Inmate Fire Crew are actively cutting fire breaks with additional crew to respond later today.

If you’d like to volunteer to help people effected by the Blue Cut Fire, please call the American Red Cross at: 1 (800) RED-CROSS (733-2767).

** As of 8:50am PT on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016: **

** Picture from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department: **

A news conference is scheduled for 9:00am PT on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 at the Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore, California for updates on the Blue Cut Fire.

According to San Bernardino National Forest Officials, the Blue Cut Fire remains at 30,000 acres with no containment.

** As of 7:00am PT on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016: **

According to San Bernardino National Forest Officials, the Blue Cut Fire is at 30,000 acres with no containment.

The Blue Cut Fire has burned and destroyed several mobile homes and other structures, including a historic Summit Inn restaurant in Oak Hills, California as well as several vehicles and utility poles.

** Pictures from Rick Montanez of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 on Twitter (@RickNBCLA): **

The manager of the Summit Inn is without a home and job after the Blue Cut Fire destroyed the restaurant overnight.

The Summit Inn, which opened in 1952, was visited by both tourists and celebrities alike such as Elvis Presley, John Wayne and Pierce Brosnan are just some of the famous faces that have visited the diner.

There were reportedly 10 tables full of customers and a half-dozen employees fled the restaurant at around 3:30pm PT on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 when firefighters told everybody that they had to leave.

The restaurant was destroyed just hours later leaving the popular restaurant in burn ruins.

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The Summit Inn Facebook page posted this message, “It is with a very heavy heart that I share this picture of the Summit Inn and surrounding buildings.  It is beyond comprehension how this could possibly happen!”

Over 82,000 residents are under mandatory evacuations.

Over 1309 personnel as well as 152 engines, 18 crews, 8 air tankers, 2 Very Large Air Tankers (V.L.A.T.S.), and 8 Helicopters are on scene battling the Blue Cut Fire, including doing night flying helicopters water drops.

The Blue Cut Fire injured 2 firefighters well battling the Blue Cut Fire and trapped 6 firefighters for a short moment well battling the Blue Cut Fire.

The Blue Cut Fire, named because it started near a trail called Blue Cut, erupted at around 10:36am PT on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 in the Cajon Pass near Kenwood Avenue, just west of Interstate 15, near Devore, California.

A State of Emergency has been declared by California Governor Jerry Brown for San Bernardino County, California and a Smoke Advisory has been issued all because of the Blue Cut Fire.
The Blue Cut Fire has forced several roads highways and interstates impacting lots of commuters as well as halting train operations through the Cajon Pass.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Interstate 15 is still closed between the Interstate 215 interchange in San Bernardino, California to Ranchero in Hesperia, California.

** As of 6:00am PT on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016: **

** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4  **

According to San Bernardino National Forest Officials, a news conference is scheduled for 9:00am PT this morning at the Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore, California for updates on the Blue Cut Fire.

At this moment, the Blue Cut Fire was over 18,000 acres burned with no containment.

The Blue Cut Fire has burned and destroyed several mobile homes and other structures, including a historic Summit Inn in Oak Hills, California.

The Blue Cut Fire injured 2 firefighters well battling the Blue Cut Fire and trapped 6 firefighters for a short moment well battling the Blue Cut Fire.

Over 82,000 residents are under mandatory evacuations. Governor Jerry Brown for San Bernardino County, California and a Smoke Advisory has been issued all because of the Blue Cut Fire.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Interstate 15 is still closed between the Interstate 215 interchange in San Bernardino, California to Ranchero in Hesperia, California.

**** Detours: ****

Eastbound Interstate 10 to eastbound Highway 62 to northbound Highway 247 to westbound Highway 18

Northbound Interstate 5 to northbound Highway 14 to eastbound Highway 58 to Interstate 15

Highway 18 through Apple Valley, California and Lucerne Valley, California to Highway 330 through Big Bear, California

Multiple school districts in the area were closed due to poor air quality.

**** School Closures: ****

Adelanto Elementary School District

Apple Valley Unified School

Barstow Unified School District

Helendale School District

Hesperia Unified School District

Oro Grande School District

Silver Valley Unified School District

Snowline Joint Unified School District

Victor Elementary School District

Victor Valley Union High School District

** As of 11:40pm PT on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016: **

** Picture from Photojournalist Alex Vasquez of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4  **

According to San Bernardino National Forest Officials, the Blue Cut Fire has burned 18,000 acres, no containment, and more crews arriving.

** Video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 on Twitter (@NBCLA): **

The Blue Cut Fire has burned and destroyed several mobile homes and other structures, including a historic Summit Inn in Oak Hills, California.

According to the California Highway Patrol’s Inland Division, Interstate 15 remains closed through the Cajon Pass in both directions with no timetable for reopening.

Over 700 personnel as well as 102 engines, 15 crews, 8 air tankers, 2 Very Large Air Tankers (V.L.A.T.S.), and 8 Helicopters are on scene battling a vegetation fire, including night flying helicopters.

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While drones have not been seen over the Blue Cut Fire, fire department officials , law enforcement officials, County of San Bernardino officials would like to remind the public that hobby drones, or (U.A.S.) unmanned aircraft systems, pose a major safety threat to firefighting pilots and firefighters.

When a hobby drone is flown into a fire area, incident commanders have no choice but to suspend air operations and ground aircraft until the drone is removed from the area.

** As of 10:00pm PT on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016: **

** Picture from Photojournalist Alex Vasquez of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4  **

According to the CalFire, the Blue Cut Fire has burned 15,000 acres with no containment and mandatory evacuations remain in effect.

The Blue Cut Fire has burned and destroyed several mobile homes and other structures, including a historic landmark in Oak Hills, California.

** Pictures from Adrian Arambulo of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 on Twitter (@AdrianNBCLA): **

According to NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, the historic Summit Inn, which dates back to Route 66, is gone after bring burned and destroyed in the Blue Cut Fire.

The Blue Cut Fire also burned and destroyed several vehicles, injured 2 firefighters, and leading to mandatory evacuations of 82,000 people, closing of Interstate 15, Highway 138, and U.S. 395, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (B.N.S.F.) Railway Company having to halt train operations through the Cajon Pass and could impact Amtrak passenger train service.

According to the California Highway Patrol’s Inland Division, Interstate 15 remains closed through the Cajon Pass in both directions with no timetable for reopening.

**** Road Closures: ***”

The interchange to Interstate 215 and Interstate 15 is shut down to all northbound and southbound traffic until further notice.

Interstate 15 is closed from Oak Hill Road to Kenwood Avenue.

Highway 138 is closed from Interstate 15 to Line Pine Canyon.

Southbound U.S. 395 is closed at Joshua Street.

** As of 8:00pm PT on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016: **

** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the Blue Cut Fire has burned over 9,000 acres with 0% containment.

The vegetation fire has destroyed several mobile homes and other structures as well as several vehicles, injuring 2 firefighters, and leading to mandatory evacuations of 82,000 people, closing of Interstate 15 in both directions, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (B.N.S.F.) Railway Company having to halt train operations through the Cajon Pass and could impact Amtrak passenger train service.

** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department: **

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has posted maps (Pictures Above) of the evacuation areas.

A mandatory evacuations was ordered by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and includes Wrightwood, California; Lytle Creek, California; West Cajon Valley, California; and the community of Phelan, California.

**** Evacuation Centers: ****

Jessie Turner Community Center located at 15556 Summit Avenue in Fontana, California.

Sultana High School located at 17311 Sultana Street in Hesperia, California.

**** Evacuation Centers for Animals: ****

Large and small animals can be taken to the Devore Animal Shelter located at 19777 Shelter Way in Devore, California.

Large animals can also be taken to the Victorville Fair Grounds Located at at 14800 7th Avenue in Victorville, California.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, over 700 personnel as well as 102 engines, 15 crews, 8 air tankers, 2 Very Large Air Tankers (V.L.A.T.S.), and 8 Helicopters are on scene battling the vegetation fire.

Additional firefighters and equipment have been ordered and will be responding directly to the vegetation fire.

According to CalTrans (California Department of Transportation) District 8, Interstate 15 both northbound and southbound directions are closed from Oak Hill Road to Kenwood Avenue in the Cajon Pass due to the Blue Cut Fire.

** As of 6:00pm PT on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016: **

** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the Blue Cut Fire has burned 6,500 acres with 0% containment and mandatory evacuations still in affect.

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a State of Emergency in San Bernardino County, California due to the Blue Cut Fire that has been several mobile homes and other structures as well as several vehicles.

According to NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (B.N.S.F.) Railway Company has halted train operations through the Cajon Pass due to the Blue Cut Fire.

** As of 5:20pm PT on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016: **

** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

The Blue Cut Fire has burned is at 6,500 acres with no containment.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, at least 6 firefighters became entrapped by wildfire today while defending homes and assisting evacuations in the Swarthout Canyon area west of Cajon Pass.

The 6 firefighters were part of 2 San Bernardino County Fire Department engine companies assigned to the area northwest of Cajon Blvd.

Firefighters were able to shelter in place within a nearby structure, but 2 firefighters sustained minor injuries.

Both firefighters were transported to a local hospital where they were treated and released and are now back on the fire line defending structures.

A San Bernardino County Fire Department fire engine sustained moderate fire damage.

There is reports that some mobile homes and other structures have been burned, but not clear how many.

A mandatory evacuations was ordered by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department from Interstate 15 east to Summit Valley Road and all residents living south of Ranchero Road as well as north of Highway 138, east of Sheep Creek, south of Phelan Road, and west of Caliente.

**** Mandatory Evacuations: ****

Wrightwood, California: An estimated 4,525 residents in the entire community.

Lytle Creek, California: A community of about 700 residents.

West Cajon Valley, California: From Highway 2 to Interstate 15 and the community of Phelan, California.

**** Evacuation Centers: ****

Jessie Turner Community Center located at 15556 Summit Avenue in Fontana, California.

Sultana High School located at 17311 Sultana Street in Hesperia, California.

**** Evacuation Centers for Animals: ****

Large and small animals can be taken to the Devore Animal Shelter located at 19777 Shelter Way in Devore, California.

Large animals can also be taken to the Victorville Fair Grounds Located at at 14800 7th Avenue in Victorville, California.

**** Road Closures: ****

The interchange to Interstate 215 and Interstate 15 is shut down to all northbound and southbound traffic until further notice.

Interstate 15 is closed from Oak Hill Road to Kenwood Avenue.

Highway 138 is closed from Interstate 15 to Line Pine Canyon.

Anybody with questions regarding the Blue Cut Fire can call: 1 (909) 383-5688.

** Video from Mekahlo Medina of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 on Twitter (@MekahloNBCLA): **

The cause of the vegetation fire is unknown.

A Smoke Advisory has been issued for San Bernardino County, California.

** As of 3:00pm PT on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016: **

** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

The Blue Cut Fire has burned 5,500 acres.

At least 2 firefighters minor injuries.

** Video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 on Twitter (@NBCLA): **

** Video from Rosa Ordaz of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 on Twitter (@RosaNBCLA): **

Some structures burned, but not clear how many.

** As of 2:00pm PT on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016: **

** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

A vegetation fire named the Blue Cut Fire is burning near the Cajon Pass near Devore, California.

The vegetation fire started before 11:00am PT on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016.

The vegetation fire for has burned over 2,500 acres and still growing.

The vegetation fire has burned down several mobile homes and structures.

Mandatory evacuations ordered for Lytle Creek and for West Cajon Valley.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the mandatory evacuations are for the area north of Highway 138, east of Sheep Creek, south of Phelan Road, and west of Caliente.

The American Red Cross has set up an emergency shelters for evacuees at the Jessie Turner Community Center located at 15556 Summit Avenue in Fontana, California and at Sultana High School located at 17311 Sultana Street in Hesperia, California.

A shelter for large and small animals has been set up at the Devore Animal Shelter located at 19777 Shelter Way in Devore, California and at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds located at 14800 7th Street in Victorville, California.

Interstate 15 is closed Oak Hills to Devore and Highway 138 is closed Highway 2 to Interstate 15.

The vegetation fire has engulfing power lines in flames.

Multiple fire department agencies as well as water dropping helicopters are battling the vegetation fire.

** More updates still coming into ZachNews. **

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