The Bluecut Fire started in the US on Tuesday at 10:36 AM local time in the Cajon Pass near Kenwood Ave. west of Interstate 15, said a latest update issued by officials.
It said the Forest Service is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, San Bernardino County Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department, and the California Highway Patrol.
The fire is currently 18,000 acres with 700 personnel on scene. 102 engines, 15 crews, 8 air tankers, 2 Very Large Air Tankers (VLATS), and 8 Helicopters, including night flying helicopters. Additional firefighters and equipment have been ordered and will be responding directly to the fire. A National Type 1 Incident Management Team has been requested.
RECOMMEND ALTERNATE ROUTES PER CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL:
From the Valley to the High Desert: Interstate 10E to Highway 62N to Highway 247N to Highway 18W
From High Desert to the Valley: Highway 18E to highway 247S to Highway 62S to Interstate 10W
Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in the fast-moving Blue Cut Fire that has spread over 18,000 acres and forced more than 82,000 people evacuate their homes since it broke out. The fire was initially reported at 2 acres about 10:55 a.m. near the 15 Freeway and grew to about 1,000 acres within an hour, said the information page on the fire.
By 6 p.m. the fire jumped to 9,000 acres, according to San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief Marc Peebles. Two hours later, it had burned 15,000 acres and reached 18,000 acres by 10 p.m. , said the San Bernardino National Forest.
“There is imminent threat to public safety, rail traffic and structures in the Cajon Pass, Lytle Creek, Wrightwood and surrounding areas,” said the Inciweb page.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials have asked residents to follow evacuation orders for their safety.
About 700 fire personnel from the county fire department have been pouring water over the fire. Mandatory evacuations were issued for West Cajon Valley from the 2 Freeway to the 15 Freeway as well as Lytle Creek, Lone Pine Canyon, Swarthout Canyon and the community of Baldy Mesa, north of Plelan Road.
Evacuation centers have been opened at the Jessie Turner Community Center in Fontana, 15556 Summit Ave., and Sultana High School in Hesperia, 17311 Sultana St.
The 138 Freeway is closed from the 2 Freeway to Summit Valley Road, and to Lone Pine Canyon, officials said. The 15 Freeway is closed in both directions from the 215 Freeway to Oak Hill Road and Old Cajon Road is closed from from Cleghorn Road to Kenwood Road.
SCAQMD has issued a Smoke Advisory for portions of San Bernardino Country.
MANDATORY EVACUATIONS AREAS:
For a map of the Areas Below
The entire community of Wrightwood
Wrightwood from San Bernardino County Line to Jackson Lake
West of I-15, and West of Hwy 395 and west of Summit Valley
South of Bear Valley Rd. and East of Caughlin Road.
North of 138, east of Sheep Creek, south of Phelan Rd. and west of Caliente
Lone Pine Canyon
West Cajon Valley
Lytle Creek Canyon
South Bound 395 closed at Joshua
Highway 138 has been closed from Interstate 15 to Highway 2
State Route 2 closed from LA County Line to the 138
Hwy 138 closed between County Line to Highway173.
Old Cajon Blvd north of Devore Cutoff
Lytle Creek @ Glen Helen
Beekley Road from Phelan Road to the128
Hwy 38 to Lone Pine Canyon has been closed.
15 Northbound at I-215
15 Southbound at Ranchero
Oversize and over-length vehicles (buses, RVs, Semis) advised to NOT use SR18 or SR138 , or other mountain roads due to the amount of traffic utilizing these roads with the San Bernardino Mountains.
Jessie Turner Community Center
15556 Summit Avenue
Sultana High School
17311 Sultana St.
Hesperia, CA 92345
ANIMAL EVACUATION SHELTER:
Apple Valley Animal Shelter (large and small animals)
22131 Powhatan Road
Apple Valley, CA 92308
San Bernardino County Fairgrounds
14800 7th Street
Victorville, CA 92395
Devore Animal Shelter (small animals)
19777 Shelter Valley
San Bernardino, CA
Victorville Fair Grounds (large animals)
14800 7th Ave.
Per San Bernardino City School District – Kimbark Elementary School students are being evacuated to Chavez Middle School located at 6650 North Magnolia Avenue, San Bernardino 92407 where they will remain for the rest of the day as a precaution
Snowline Unified School District is evacuating students from Wrightwood Elementary School. Reunification with parents that cannot pick up their students by 3:00 p.m. will take place at Serrano High School located at 9292 Sheep Creek Road, Phelan CA 92370
Snowline Unified also reports cancellation of bus routes in Wrightwood and the West Cajon Valley. Students on those routes will also be taken to Serrano High School for reunification
Snowline USD Info Line: 760-868-5817/Snowline USD website: snowlineschools.com
RESPONSIBLE DRONE USE: While drones have not been seen over the Bluecut Fire, fire managers would like to remind the public that hobby drones, or (UAS) unmanned aircraft systems, pose a major safety threat to firefighting pilots and firefighters. When a hobby drone is flown into a fire area, incident commanders have no choice but to suspend air operations and ground aircraft until the drone is removed from the area.