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APPLE FIRE UPDATE
AUGUST 3, 2020
AUGUST 3, 2020 EVENING UPDATE:
Size: 26,850 acres*
Structures Destroyed: 5
Percent contained: 7%
*Acreage is determined each night after an infrared surveillance flight. The morning update will reflect accurate data regarding acres burned.
Hand Crews: 31
Fixed wing: 2
Water Tenders: 50
Total Personnel: 2,565
The Apple Fire is continuing to spread to the north across the head of the Mill Creek Canyon, and east into the San Gorgonio Wilderness. As the fire burns into the wilderness the vegetation is becoming sparse limiting fire intensity. The most significant fire behavior today was in the area of Millard Canyon on the east side of the perimeter. Fire activity is being driven primarily by record low moisture content of the vegetation combined with high temperatures and low relative humidity.
On Monday efforts to combat the Apple fire were multi-focused. Firefighters began to assess and prepare for the potential of structure threat in Forest Falls, Oak Glen and the nearby areas. Fire crews are constructing fireline by hand and with dozers along the west perimeter and across the ridge between Oak Glen and Forest Falls. Crews engaged the most active area of the fire on the east perimeter. On the south perimeter established firelines are being improved. Pockets of heat in vegetation near the line are being located and extinguished to further reduce the potential of the fire escaping the line.
Damage assessment teams are deployed and will be surveying the fire area for damage to structures and infrastructure.
Evacuations / Closures:
Riverside County Residents:
www.rivcoready.org/ActiveEvents for an interactive map that will allow you to enter your address to see if you are in an evacuation area.
San Bernardino County Residents:
Oak Glen is under an evacuation order. Forest Falls, Pioneertown, and Rim Rock are all under an evacuation warning.
The San Gorgonio Wilderness has been closed to all use. An Emergency Forest Closure Order is in effect as of August 2, 2020. The order prohibits all entry into the San Gorgonio Wilderness and some adjacent areas. This order also includes the Pacific Crest Hiking Trail between the Forest Boundary and Forest Road 1N01. Additionally, all Forest Service recreation areas in the Forest Falls area are closed.
Beaumont High School
39139 Cherry Valley Boulevard, Beaumont, CA. Evacuated animals are also being accepted at the high school. Animal Control is on scene.
High & Cherry, High & Jonathan, High & Winsap, Orchard & Avenida San Timateo, Orchard & Avenida Miravilla, Orchard & Oak Glen, Cherry Valley Blvd. & Bellflower Ave., Sunset & Wilson, and Bluff & Mias Canyon.
Hot and dry again on Monday with somewhat improved humidity recovery Monday night. Westerly winds will gust 20 to 30 mph Monday afternoon and evening between 1200 PDT and 2000 PDT, weakening after 2000 PDT but remaining gusty.
Area residents who wish to make food donations are encouraged to contribute to local food pantries.
Cooperating and Assisting Organizations:
Riverside County Emergency Management Department, Red Cross, and Southern California Edison.
In addition to dealing with the inherent hazards of fighting a wildland fire, firefighters are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting inter-crew face-to-face interactions to what is operationally necessary to engage the fire safely.
MON AUG 3 7:36 AM
THE APPLE FIRE IS APPROX 26,000 ACRES AND IS 5% CONTAINED. OVER 2000 FIREFIGHTERS WILL BE WORKING THE FIRE TODAY ALONG WITH NUMEROUS AIRCRAFT.
SUN AUG 2 8:50 PM
APPLE FIRE UPDATE: FLAMES FROM THE APPLE FIRE CAN NOW BE SEEN ON THE SANG CAMS AT BEAR MOUNTAIN AS IT MAKES ITS WAY UP THE MOUNTAIN EAST OF SAN GORGONIO PEAK. THERE IS NO THREAT TO THE BIG BEAR VALLEY AT THIS TIME.
SUN AUG 2 10:04 AM
THE APPLE FIRE IS 20,156 ACRES. WINDS EXPECTED TO PICK UP ONCE AGAIN TODAY.
SUNDAY AUG 2, 1:00 AM: The Apple Fire is now 15,000 acres and remains 0% contained. Several EVACUATION ORDERS and warnings remain in place.
SAT AUG 1 8:14 PM
APPLE FIRE UPDATE: FIRE HAS GROWN TO 12,000 ACRES A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE. FIRE IS STILL 0% CONTAINED. FIRE MADE A HARD RUN EAST TODAY WITH EVACUATION WARNINGS EXTENDED ALL THE WAY TO WHITEWATER ROAD EAST OF BANNING.
SAT AUG 1 5:03 PM
APPLE FIRE UPDATE: ***VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS*** NOW IN PLACE FOR THE COMMUNITY OF FOREST FALLS.
SAT AUG 1 3:20 PM
APPLE FIRE UPDATE THE APPLE FIRE IS NOW 4125 ACRES AND 0% CONTAINED. SEVERAL EVACUATION ORDERS AND WARNINGS ARE IN PLACE. FIRE FACT SHEET CAN BE FOUND AT RVCFIRE.ORG
SAT AUG 1 10:11 AM
MORNING UPDATE: APPLE FIRE IS AROUND 1900 ACRES WITH 0% CONTAINMENT. ONE SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING AND 2 OTHER BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN DESTROYED. SEVERAL AIRCRAFT ARE WORKING THE FIRE THIS MORNING INCLUDING VLATS SUCH AS THE DC10
SAT AUG 1 12:04 AM
MIDNIGHT APPLE FIRE UPDATE: CALFIRE IS REPORTING THE FIRE IS APPROX 1800 ACRES WITH 0% CONTAINMENT. EVACUATION ORDERS HAVE MOVED EAST TOWARD THE BANNING BENCH COMMUNITIES.
FRI JUL 31 11:00 PM
10PM APPLE FIRE UPDATE - CALFIRE REPORTING THE FIRE IS NOW 900 ACRES. TFR (TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTION) IS NOW IN PLACE AROUND THE FIRE. A FULL COMPLEMENT OF FIRE FIGHTING AIRCRAFT WILL BE BACK ON THIS FIRE IN THE MORNING.
FRI JUL 31 8:46 PM
CALFIRE 8:15 P.M. UPDATE - THE FIRE IS NOW 700 ACRES AND 0% CONTAINED. ALL EVACUATION ORDERS REMAIN IN PLACE.
FRI JUL 31 8:19 PM
APPLE FIRE 8PM UPDATE: 350 ACRES - 0% CONTAINED - EVACUATIONS SOUTH OF COUNTY LINE ROAD - NORTH OF DUTTON STREET AND EAST OF OAK GLEN ROAD. PHOTO FROM RECHE PEAK AS NIGHT FALLS.
FRI JUL 31 7:42 PM
APPLE IC IS REQUESTING 3 ADDITIONAL STRIKE TEAMS OF ENGINES - IMMEDIATE NEED FOR STRUCTURE PROTECTION.
FRI JUL 31 6:27 PM
APPLE FIRE UPDATE: 75-100 ACRES - MODERATE RATE OF SPREAD - SOME STRUCTURES INVOLVED WITH FIRE - ADDITIONAL STRUCTURES THREATENED.
FRI JUL 31 6:19 PM
CALFIRE REPORTING THAT THERE ARE AT LEAST 2 FIRES BURNING HERE. ONE 2-3 ACRES AND THE OTHER 20+ ACRES.
FRI JUL 31 6:09 PM
CHERRY VALLEY - APPLE FIRE - RAPID RATE OF SPREAD - SIGNIFICANT AIRCRAFT AND GROUND RESOURCES ON SCENE OR ENROUTE - IMMEDIATE STRUCTURE THREAT
FRI JUL 31 5:45 PM
APPLE FIRE: SUBSTANTIAL AIR RESOURCES ARE ON SCENE OF THE APPLE FIRE. TANKERS 70, 71, 72, 73 AS WELL AS AIR ATTACK AND AT LEAST 1 HELICOPTER
SOURCE: SCANNER REPORTER:SCMALERT
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