By Susan A. Neufeld
Update 10 Thursday, June 29 – 7:41 p.m.
The Mart fire which began around 3:18 p.m. on June 27th. The fire is currently 670 acres and is 60 percent contained. There are 125 firefighters assigned including 3 hand crews and 10 engines.
Update 9 Wednesday, June 28 – 8:41 p.m.
The fire is currently 670 acres, with 40 % containment There are currently 544 firefighters assigned including: 16 hand crews, 38 engines, and 2 dozers. The size was adjusted because of more accurate mapping of the area.
Update 8 Wednesday, June 28 – 6:35 a.m.
The Mart fire is still at 902 acres with 15% containment per inciweb. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The 330 opened at 9:55 last night Tuesday June 27.
Update 7 Tuesday, June 27 – 9:10 p.m.
SB County Sheriff Dept has announced that, as of 9:30 p.m., Hwy 330 has been reopened, with Deputies staying on scene over night, in case the situation changes and it needs to be closed again.
All mandatory evacuations have been lifted.
The fire is at 902 acres with 0% containment. There are currently 560 firefighters assigned including: 41 Engines, 5 Water Tenders, 5 Helicopters, 6 Tankers, 2 Air Attack and 12 hand crews, and is being managed under unified command with San Bernardino County Fire and CALFIRE BDU.
Update 6 Tuesday, June 27 – 8:06 p.m.
The Mart fire is now at 902 acres. The fire is being managed under unified command with San Bernardino County fire, CALFIRE Mono Inyo San Bernardino Unit.
The Salvation Army has dispatched a canteen and is responding to help first responders at the fire.
PETS: Pets can be taken to –
Devore Animal Shelter
19777 Shelter Way
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Update 5 Tuesday, June 27 – 7:06 p.m.
Highway 330 will remain closed until sometime tomorrow, Wednesday, June 28.
Air attack requesting the VLAT and 2 heavy air tankers for tomorrow’s lineup, as well as helicopters. Air attack to be over the fire at 8:00 a.m., with tankers to follow.
Update 4 – Tuesday June 27 – 6:14 p.m.
Mart fire now at 300 plus acres. Significant resources have been fighting this fire, from both the ground and air.
Air quality officials issued a smoke advisory Tuesday afternoon for people in areas near the Mart fire in Highland.
Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) have been established in a 5 mile radius around Mt McKinley, which is just west of Hwy 330.
Update 3 – Tuesday June 27 – 5:06 p.m.
Drift smoke from the Mart fire at the bottom of Hwy 330 will push into the Big Bear area this afternoon no threat to the valley.
Update 2 – Tuesday June 27 – 4:56 p.m.
MANDATORY EVACUATIONS have been ordered east of Orchard Rd. and north of Highland Ave. and west of Church Street.
Summary so far:
Highland YMCA (opened @1815)
7793 Central Ave.
Highland, CA 92346
Highway 330 is closed from Interstate 210 to Live Oak Drive near Running Springs.
Arrowbear, Big Bear and Running Springs residents will see and smell smoke. Residents of the high desert (Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley) will see the smoke column to the south.
CURRENT AREA WEATHER
Temperature 98 degrees
Relative Humidity 12 percent
Wind Speed 4 MPH West
Wind Gusting to 10 MPH
Update 1 – Tuesday June 27 – 4:47 p.m.
The Mart fire is now estimated at approximately 300 acres per US Forest Service. Immediate need for strike team for structure protection. Winds may be an issue with this fire. Air attack is requesting an additional 4 air tankers, for a total of 6.
Mart Fire at Highland Ave. and Hwy 330. Air attack reports 3-5 acres north of Highland Ave. east of Hwy 330.
Hwy 330 is closed from Highland Ave. to Live Oak. Mountain access via Hwy 18 or Hwy 38.
Fire is beginning to burn up canyon pushed by winds. Cal Fire, San Bernardino County Fire and US Forest Service on scene with full aircraft response.