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 AS OF 8/22/2016 - 9:30 AM

No Threat to Big Bear at this Time

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The fire is 36,274 acres with 100% containment.

The Blue Cut Fire started on August 16, 2016 at 10:36 AM in the Cajon Pass along Old Cajon Blvd. north of Kenwood Avenue west of Interstate 15. The fire quickly spotted across Cajon Creek and grew into a large wildland fire. During the course of the fire fight, railroad lines, local roads, highway 138 and Interstate 15 were closed along with a large evacuation area that included Lytle Creek, Wrightwood, Summit Valley, Baldy Mesa, Phelan and Oak Hills. 

At the peak of the battle to control this blaze there were 2,684 personnel actively involved in the fight to contain the Blue Cut Fire. These personnel have come from all over the nation to help with this firefight.

The Cause of the Fire is under investigation, however investigators need your help to determine the fire cause. If you seen anything, heard anything have photos or videos, please call We Tip 1-800-47-ARSON or submit your tip online at: 
California Incident Management Team 4 is managing the incident, in unified command with the US Forest Service, CAL FIRE, San Bernardino County Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department, and the California Highway Patrol.
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Fire Information Call Center will close at 6:00pm on Tuesday.

Current Damage Assessment: 

A Damage Assessment Team working under the Blue Cut Fire Unified Command has announced that an estimate of 105 single family residences and 216 outbuildings were destroyed by the Blue Cut Fire, and 3 single family residences and 5 other structures were damaged. 

SCAQMD has issued a 
Smoke Advisory for portions of San Bernardino Country. 


I-15 North and Southbound is open through the Cajon Pass. Please exercise extreme caution as crews an equipment are still working along the road. There may be intermittent lane closures to make repairs.


US Forest Road 3N31 at Lone Pine Canyon Road is closed.
The dirt road portion of Lytle Creek is closed from the gun range into the Forest.
West Cajon Blvd. is closed.


The San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville continues to provide services to residents and their pets. (closing 8/23)

Jessie Turner Community Center Shelter remains open for Blue Cut Fire evacuees (closing 8/23)


Anyone affected in any way by the Blue Cut Fire is encouraged to visit the Local Assistance Center. The Local Assistance Center is the one-stop location where individuals and families can access available disaster assistance programs and services. 909-760-539-3093 open 8am - 5pm

  • For residents impacted by the Blue Cut fire
  • Donate at: or Text: RELIEF to 40403


Apple Valley Animal Shelter (small animals only)
22131 Powhatan Road
Apple Valley, CA 92308 

San Bernardino County Fairgrounds (large animals)
14800 7th Street
Victorville, CA 92395 

Devore Animal Shelter (large and small animals)
19777 Shelter Valley 
San Bernardino, CA 
(800)472-5609 or (909)386-9820


All forest roads, trails and facilities within or leading into the fire area are closed.

For more information click

Information Call Center   (909) 383-5688

Photo courtesy of Inciweb

Adopt-A-Hydrant Program

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The Big Bear Fire Department is asking the community for a partnership in our Adopt-A-Hydrant program by adopting a fire hydrant close to your home or business and keeping it free of snow during the winter and free of weeds and shrubbery in the summer.

In the event of a fire, it is imperative that the Fire Department gain access to a water supply via a fire hydrant as quickly as possible so that fire can be extinguished and prevent loss of property and/or life. You can help the Big Bear Fire Department in this quest by adopting a hydrant and making sure that it is easily accessible throughout the year.

Register your adopted hydrant today »


9-1-1 Emergency Texting Now Available in San Bernardino County

BIG BEAR, CA/– Hearing and speech-impaired members of the community, or those in a situation where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, now have another option to call for help in an emergency, Text-to-9-1-1. “Call if you can – text if you can’t” is the slogan developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the new technology makes its debut in parts of California.

San Bernardino County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments, California Highway Patrol (CHP) and State Emergency Communications 9-1-1 officials announced that local San Bernardino County law enforcement agencies and fire agencies Public Safety 9-1-1 Centers (dispatch) will be equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone Text-to-9-1-1 messages. This service is available for use by the deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired, and in situations where it is too dangerous to make a voice call to 9-1-1. All phones or devices must include a text or data plan to send a Text-to-9-1-1.

Public safety agencies have known for some time that this technology was coming. It is great to now see it come to fruition, giving the public another option to call for help when they need. San Bernardino County Dispatch Centers are trained and ready to assist callers who, for whatever reason, are unable to call 9-1-1. While the technology is still evolving, it another tool to help those who are often the most vulnerable in our communities if they cannot call 9-1-1.