Sheep fire requires evacuations near Wrightwood, CA

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The Sheep fire near Cajon Pass on the San Bernardino National Forest in southern California has burned 3,500 acres, three homes, and required the evacuation of some residents near the communities of Wrightwood and Lytle Creek. It is burning between Lytle Creek Canyon and Highway 138.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and should be in place by noon on Sunday. The fire is under Unified Command with U.S. Forest Service, San Bernardino County Fire Department and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department can be called for recorded updates at (909) 355-8800.

The Sheep fire as seen from the end of Cajon Blvd., Oct. 3. Photo: Kaleidoscope Soup

The weather on Sunday is going to be interesting with southwest winds predicted at 24 mph with gusts up to 40, but the relative humidity will be fairly high for southern California, at 38-41%.

A map of the Sheep fire showing heat detected by satellites at 2:46 a.m. PT Oct. 4. The red areas contain heat that was detected within the previous 12 hours. GEOMAC

On Saturday the DC-10 and the Martin Mars very large airtankers were used on the fire, but on Sunday morning low visibility and strong winds made the use of air tankers impossible.

The local ABC TV station has intermittent live video of the fire.

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5 thoughts on “Sheep fire requires evacuations near Wrightwood, CA”

  1. From InciWeb:

    New mandatory evacuations are in place for all Wrightwood residents. Mandatory evacuations remain in place for the following areas in Lytle Creek: Applewhite Campground, Applewhite Picnic Area, and areas east of Lytle Creek Road up to and including Mountain Lakes RV Park. Mandatory evacuations are in place also for Swarthout Canyon, Lone Pine Canyon, and areas along Hwy 138 between I-15 and Hess Rd. Evacuation Centers are located at Eisenhower High School in Rialto and at Victorville Fairgrounds. Small animals can be taken to the Devore Animal Shelter. Large and small animals may be taken to the Victorville Fairgrounds. Glen Helen Rodeo grounds was taking large animals but is now full.

  2. Are there any evacuation centers set up yet ? I’m not on the ground in California yet . What are the predictions for growth of the fire area and which way is it headed ?

  3. I believe the days are wrong in your article…it’s referring to Friday and Saturday, should be Saturday and Sunday.


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