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31,359-Acre Lake Fire Containment Nearly Complete At 98%


The Lake Fire, which has burned 31,359 acres of timber and brush in the San Bernardino Mountains for the past three weeks, is 98 percent contained as of Tuesday.  The number of personnel deployed to the Lake Fire effort is 355, down from nearly 2,300 personnel at the fire's peak shortly after it was first reported on June 17.  The cost of the fire now exceeds $40-million.

The Forest Service reports there have been six minor firefighter injuries. One residence and three outbuildings have been determined to have been destroyed in the northeast portion of the fire. Damaged buildings have been assessed and confirmed by a Damage Inspection Team from San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Fire behavior is minimal with some smoldering within the perimeter. Smoke may be seen from Highway 38, however it is all well inside the containment lines.

Fire crews and helicopters will continue to be visible to the public and motorists may observe movement of firefighting vehicles along State Route 38. Please be alert while traveling on the highway and yield the right-of-way to emergency personnel and vehicles.

All evacuations have been lifted and Highway 38 has been re-opened, however all Forest Service lands in the area of the fire remain closed to recreation purposes. Please view the Fire Closure Order and Map of Fire Closure.

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