The U.S. Forest Service has issued an order closing the Lake Fire burn area in the San Bernardino National Forest, effective today through October 1. The order, issued by the Forest Service's San Bernardino office, prohibits any individual or group from being on Forest Service roads, trails, lands within the boundaries of a newly-mapped Lake Fire Closure Area. Violators of the closure can be fined up to $5000 for an individual and up to $10,000 for an organization, or up to six months in prison, or both. The closure order does list some exceptions, including Forest Service and other public safety officers, fire-fighting forces, and private landholders - with restrictions. For the full text of the closure order, click on this link:
Meanwhile, the Forest Service reports that as of 5:00pm Wednesday evening, the Lake Fire has jumped to 20,875 acres burned and has dropped to 27 percent contained.
DC-10's and Air Tankers are making drops in the Rainbow Lane Area. Highway 38 remains closed. The Forest Service says the Forest and Fire Team Leadership re-evaluate the highway closure each evening, and the decision to reopen the highway is dependent on how much firefighting equipment is needed to work in the area.
The Forest Service asks that the public remains patient and help keep firefighters safe by respecting the highway closure.