Summit Fire burning south of Big Bear Lake

summitfireA fire now named the Summit Fire is burning in the San Bernardino National Forest near Forest Service Road 2N08 (to the south of the city of Big Bear Lake and west of the Snow Summit ski resort).

The fire appears to have started near Pine Knot Avenue and Knickerbocker Road around 12:30 p.m. Within an hour, the fire had grown to more than 10 acres, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department. At last report, it had grown again to between 20 and 25 acres.  It has a moderate rate of spread, and is being fueled by moderate to heavy forest growth.

There are mandatory evacuations for the area from Knickerbocker Road east to Georgia Road and south of Pennsylvania Road to the forest boundary.

08/24/15 Update (from InciWeb):

The Summit Fire is burning near Snow Summit Ski Resort south of Big Bear Lake. It was reported at 12:25 pm Sunday and is approximately 100 acres in size and is now 50% contained. The cause of the fire is under investigation and it is burning in timber.

Mandatory evacuations for the following areas are in effect:

Pennsylvania south between Knickerbocker Rd. and Jeffries

All areas south of Oak between Jeffries and Eureka

All areas south of McWhinney between Eureka annd Thrush Dr.

Voluntary evacuations are now in place for the area south of Brownie Lane, east of Thrush Drive, north of Switzerland Drive, and west of Summit Blvd.

An American Red Cross shelter has been established at the Big Bear Convention Center, 42900 Big Bear Blvd, City of Big Bear Lake. Small animals may be taken to the San Bernardino County Animal Shelter (Devore) located at 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, for questions call 909-386-9820.

Per Big Bear Valley Unified School District, all schools with the exception of Fallsvale School will be closed Monday, August 24th, for student and staff safety.

Forest Roads 2N06 (Radford), 1N54 (Clarks Grade), 2N93 (Wildhorse), and 2N10 (Skyline) are closed due to the Summit Fire burning in the Snow Summit Ski Area south of Big Bear Lake.

Trails closed include: Towne, Skyline, Champion Lodgepole Pine, Bluff Mesa, Grandview Point and Seven Oaks. Group Campgrounds closed include: Deer, Boulder, and Bluff Mesa.

You can follow news on the fire on InciWeb HERE.

Pictures by Joe Vonesh: