lake fire JSNBIG BEAR, Calif. -Firefighters were able to gain some control of the massive wildfire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest, just a short distance from the popular camping town of Big Bear, Calif.

On Sunday night the San Bernardino County Fire Department Incident Command Unit reported that a low intensity is allowing firefighters to gain safe ground to effectively attack the fire. The fire has since burned over 17,000 acres with a 20 percent containment.

There are approximately 500 structures threatened, however no structures are believed to be damaged or destroyed at this time.

High temperatures and westerly winds will continue to push smoke towards the east, impacting residents in the surrounding areas.

Highway 38 remains closed between Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams and evacuations are still in effect for areas east of Angelus Oaks, Onyx Summit, Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, Heart Bar and homes off of Rainbow Lane. All Hiking Trails into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area have been closed due to the proximity of the fire to these trails. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is closed from Whitewater Preserve to Onyx Summit.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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