According to InciWeb, the Apple Fire has burned more than 26,000 acres, with about 5% containment. The fire is burning in, basically, virgin fire territory; there hasn’t been a fire in that area in a long time so there is a fuel density, low humidity, and high temperature equation that is allowing this fire to burn hot and bright. It’s an active fire during the day and night (it’s not really laying down after dark).
The north and eastern edges of the fire are burning in really steep hillsides in the San Bernardino National Forest, which means that there’s not going to be a lot of firefighting vehicles getting to the area. Helicopters, tankers, and ground teams are on those edges.
From the InciWeb website:
“… The fire is burning in an area with no recent fire history. It is expected to burn into less dense fuels as it progresses. Firefighters on the ground and in the air have been engaged and are building fireline directly on the fire’s edge where possible. Others protecting structures in local communities. Additional firefighters are arriving on scene to assist with the effort to contain the fire. The assignment of the new resources will give firefighters who have been on the line over the last two days some much needed rest. Current resources on the fire include 32 hand-crews, 9 Helicopters, 275 Engines, 24 Dozers and 48 Water Tenders …”
Weather will be about the same as it has been over the past couple of days: a high pressure ridge creating hot, dry conditions. Hopefully the temps drop a few degree to help out our fire crews.
We’re in a high fire danger time, lots of dry vegetation coupled low humidity. These are the times we need to be extra careful out there.
Fire teams, stay safe!
You can find out more about the San Bernardino National Forest HERE.
I’ll see you out on the trails!