fire line Big BearBIG BEAR, Calif.-Firefighters are gaining more ground in attempting to extinguish a 17,000 acre wildfire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Incident Command Unit, the fire has scorched about 17,400 acres since it started on June 7. The fire is about 30 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.

The SBCFD added that the fire did not spread any further in the northeastern area, giving firefighters the upper hand with their fire-line construction near the Coon Creek Campground.

Highway 38 still remains closed, but SBCFD says there are plans being drawn up to open the highway back to the public, but that firefighters and equipment are still in the area.

Air units continue to patrol the southern fire perimeter, reported the command unit. The fire line in the southern direction is close to the towns of Morongo Valley, Pioneertown and Big Bear.

Firefighters will have to work against wind gusts up to 15 mph and relative humidity. Temperatures are expected to be in the late 80’s, early 90’s on Thursday.

Closures remain in the areas of Highway 38 from Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams, Jenks Lake Road, Maple Lane in Big Bear Lake (for fire equipment movement), all hiking trails into the San Gorgonio Wilderness and Pacific Crest Trail from Whitewater Preserve to Onyx Summit

Evacuations remain in effect for all areas east of Angelus Oaks including: Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, Rainbow Lane, Heart Bar, and all cabins and campgrounds in the South Fork area.

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