MILE FIRE IN WATERMAN CANYON Update 17 – July 31, 7:30 p.m.

By Susan A. Neufeld


UPDATE 17 – July 31, 7:30p.m.

Highway 18 is now open.

UPDATE 16 – July 31, 6:08 p.m.

Per SBNF on twitter, more accurate mapping has determined the Mile Fires is at 76.4 acres and 15% contained.

UPDATE 15 – July 31, 5:38 p.m.

Per SBNF on Twitter forward rate of spread has been stopped.

UPDATE 14 – July 31, 5:24 p.m.

Per Mile fire Ops. no growth on the fire at this time.  All personnel are in stand down mode to take on fluids. Will be transporting a 10th injured fire fighter.

Per CHP CAD they hope to reopen  Hwy 18 approximately 7:30 p.m.

UPDATE 13 – July 31, 5:15 p.m.

All structure protection crews have been released.

UPDATE 12 – July 31, 4:33 p.m.

Per air attack 12 releasing all fixed air resources.

A fifth fire fighter has been transported to a hospital and a sixth patient is awaiting a gound ambulance.

UPDATE 11 – July 31, 3:58 p.m.

Per air attack 12, releasing some air resources. Fire looking better at this time.

UPDATE 10 – July 31, 3:45 p.m.

Per SBNF, Mile Fire is 100 acres and the forward rate of spread has slowed.

UPDATE 9 – July 31, 3:42 p.m.

A fourth firefighter is down and 5 ambulances have been called in. Three ambulances went to the scene, one to the Incident Command Post and one to a nearby station.

UPDATE 8 – July 31, 3:23 p.m.

Three firefighters are down with heat related-injuries and are being transported by ambulance.

UPDATE 7 – July 31, 3:17 p.m.

Flames are slow backing, head of fire isn’t moving much, until it gets into heavier brush. Air attack is working the top of the line with retardant.

Calling for a full closure of Hwy 18.

UPDATE 6 – July 31, 3:11 p.m

Per IC Mile Fire is holding at 100 acres.

UPDATE 5 – July 31, 2:54 p.m.

C130 Heavy air tanker from Porterville is now on scene of the Mile Fire

UPDATE 4 – July 31, 2:24 p.m.

Full Air Attack has been ordered.

UPDATE 3 – July 31, 2:24 p.m.

San Bernardino county Fire is putting together several structure protection and gel task force strike teams.

UPDATE 2 – July 31, 2:24 p.m.

Incident Commander is ordering up a strike team of engines for structure protection – calling them the Waterman structure group.

UPDATE 1 – July 31, 2:21 p.m.

Hwy 18 is now closed at the top at Hwy 138.


Original Story

Mountain Communities – The Mile fire has begun in Waterman Canyon at Hwy 18. The fire is 70 to 100 acres at a rapid rate of spread.  Hwy 18 closed at 40th street. Fire is burning up slope.

A second alarm is  requested and aircraft is on order.

Updates as information becomes available.