Wednesday Update: Valley Fire Stalled At 1,400 Acres/24% Contained; Community Meeting Tonight

Jul 11, 2018

A "hotshot" firefighting crew constructing fire lines as the Valley Fire burns in the San Gorgonio wilderness east of Angelus Oaks.

UPDATED AT 8:00AM WEDNESDAY 7/11/2018:    The Valley Fire, now in its 5th day burning in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Highway 38 near Angeles Oaks is now 24 percent contained at just under 1,400 acres.  The unified command leading the multiple agencies fighting the blaze says containment continues to be slow for two reasons… one, the weather: Fire behavior remained quiet yesterday due to cloud cover, a light rain, and higher humidity. Also hindering containment is geography:  Steep, rugged terrain is preventing firefighters from accessing portions of the fire line deeper in the San Gorgonio wilderness.  Also, there is a concern that the frequent thunderstorms that break out in the mountains amid this weather may cause winds that push the fire and increase the risk of flash flooding.   There are 644 personnel, 12 engines, and 8 aircraft fighting the Valley Fire.  Highway 38 is still closed from Bryant St. in Yucaipa to Angelus Oaks to everyone but residents who can prove they live in the Mountain Home/Forest Falls/Angelus Oaks area.  Fire authorities and local officials will be hosting a community meeting for area residents tonight at 7:30pm at the Angelus Oaks Fire Station.