Thursday Update: Valley Fire holding at 1,400 Acres/24% Contained; Hwy 38 Open Thru Angelus Oaks
UPDATED AT 7:00AM THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018: Today (Thursday) is day 6 of the fight against the Valley Fire, burning in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks. Fire lines have established 24 percent containment, and the acreage burned is still being estimated at less than 1,400 acres. Authorities say it’s hard to gauge the progress of the blaze as it’s now burning in remote areas of the San Gorgonio wilderness, fortunately away from populated areas between Forest Falls and Angleus Oaks. Authorities have opened 2 lanes of Highway 38 to restricted traffic flow between Yucaipa and Angelus Oaks. Flaggers will be present today to direct people along the highway where fire engines and other heavy equipment will also continue to move the area, and also to make sure people watch out for mud and debris along the road, which crews will be cleaning up even as limited traffic proceeds slowly along Highway 38 thru Angelus Oaks. Another piece of news that indicates confidence the blaze can be further contained is that command of the incident will be transferred from multiple regional agencies to local command within the next few days. As of last night, there were 633 personnel, 13 engines and 7 aircraft fighting the Valley Fire.