6/19/2017 At approximately 3:05 pm, the "Holcomb Fire" fire started in the Holcomb Valley, which is northeast of Big Bear, CA. It is moving through Holcomb Valley to the North/Northwest towards the desert. The threat to Big Bear is moderate.
As of 8:50 am, 6/22/17, it is approximately at 1,540 acres, with 10% containment. There is a rapid rate of spread.
Firefighters continue to battle warm temperatures and difficult terrain while fighting the 1,540 acre Holcomb Fire north of Baldwin Lake. The highest priority is to protect the safety of fire personnel and to protect human life followed by the protection of private property and structures.
Weather forecasts indicate heat will continue through Friday. Strong high pressure and winds are expected to develop into the afternoon and evening.
Today, access to the Big Bear City Transfer Station is open only for Big Bear Disposal and CSD vehicles. Normal refuse disposal will resume. The Transfer Station remains closed to the general public.
There are currently no evacuation orders.
Road closures at the current time:
Highway 18 from Delta Avenue north to Mitsubishi Plant Road
Holcomb Valley Road East closed at Hwy 18
Van Dusen Canyon Road
3N16 at 3N09
3N69 at Hwy 18
3N61 Jacoby Canyon Trail
The Pacific Crest Trail is closed west of Highway 18, to Van Dusen Road, in the fire area.
Doble Trail Campground
Tanglewood Group Campground
The 1,241 incident cooperators are the Bureau of Land Management, CA Dept of Corrections, CA Dept of Transportation, CA Hwy Patrol, San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dept, and the fire fighters from Big Bear Fire Authority, Cal Fire, and the San Bernardino Country Fire Department, along with 104 engines, 10 water tenders, 24 hand crews, 4 air tankers, 2 Air Attack, 9 helicopters, and 6 dozers. Additional resources are continuing to arrive.
For up-to-date information:
Follow us on twitter: @BigBearDept
FaceBook: Big Bear Fire Department
Inciweb Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ and click on the "Holcomb Fire"
For Current Air Quality reports check the EPA: AIRNOW.gov
Additional Phone lines (temporary) have been added to the Fire Information Center. In addition to 909-383-5688, Callers can also call 909-383-5713, and 909-383-5714. Phone Numbers may change based on staffing availability.
If you have a home in Big Bear, please sign up for the Reverse 911 call out:
Per Inciweb website: Drones: Drones pose a serious risk to firefighting and can cause air operations to cease. When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage. A FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect and any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges. Even without a TFR, anyone who hampers firefighting efforts could face charges as well. For more information on drones the public can visit the FAA’s website at www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org. “If you fly, we can’t!”.