SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY-A massive wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest has grown over 10,000 acres with only five percent of it contained as of Thursday night, according to officials with the San Bernardino County Fire Department Incident Command Unit.
Traffic along Highway 38, outside Big Bear, California has been closed due to the fast-spreading wildfire.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in the area of east of Angelus Oaks, Onyx Summit, Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, and homes off of Rainbow Lane.
No homes have been destroyed, but approximately 400 residents and visitors have been evacuated from the fire area.
Fire officials say the cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time. There are currently 88 engines, 1 air tanker, 10 helicopters, 1 air attack plane, 28 crews, 3 water tenders and 1 dozer assisting in the wildfire. Other agencies being dispatched to help battle the wildfire include Riverside County, Orange County and San Bernardino County.
Residents in the Tri-state are also being urged to use precaution while outside due to increasing winds bringing the smoke into the Colorado River region. Those with respiratory illnesses are asked to take extra precaution if they go outside.
(Photos by the San Bernardino County Fire Department)