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Monday, November 5, 2012

CA-BDF-Devore 350 acres, 60% forward progress stopped

Incident Overview
The Devore Fire began at 10:55 am on Monday November 5th adjacent to the northbound Interstate 15 freeway between the Kenwood and Cleghorn exits.
The first US Forest Service engine company on scene reported the fire had grown to five acres with a moderate to rapid rate of spread in steep rocky terrain.
The fire burnt in a south southeast direction along the northbound Interstate 15 freeway, prompting fire and law enforcement officials to close the northbound Interstate 15 freeway to all traffic. The winds pushed embers across Interstate 15 and started a 30 acre spot fire on the west side of the freeway, which forced officials to also close the southbound Interstate 15. The fire burned approximately 350 acres before firefighters were able to stop the forward progression of the fire.
During the course of the firefight, three residences in the Mathews Ranch were evacuated and no damage was reported at the ranch. The evacuation order has been lifted.
The US Forest Service was is in unified command with Cal Fire, San Bernardino County Fire, and the San Bernardino Sheriff Department until 6:00 p.m., the US Forest Service has resumed command of the fire.
Current Conditions
Firefighters are continuing to improve fire control lines around the perimeter of the fire area and knocking down hot spots within the fire area. Caltrans crews are replacing damaged guardrails along the southbound lanes of Interstate 15.
CalTrans has opened 3 lanes each direction of Interstate 15, with right lanes closed in both directions along with the northbound Kenwood exit. The California Highway Patrol cautions motorists to be careful traveling in the fire area and to be prepared for possible delays during the commute hours.
Fire officials are working to fully contain the fire by 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday November 6, with full control expected on Thursday evening.
Update 1620hrs: Inciweb - CA-BDF-Devore currently estimated at 350+ acres. It is 5%, with full containment expected at 6:00 pm Tuesday.

Update 1500hrs: IC advising 350-400 acres now relocating ICP to CDF Devor Station. Update 1430hrs: 375 acres. Header visible all the way down in Murrieta.                   
Update 1330hrs: Devore Fire now estimated to be 350+ acres and the US Forest Service is in unified command with CalFire, SB County Fire, & SB County Sheriff - Structure Protection Group established working on V Fire 23: 151.15250
Mandatory Evacs of Mathews Ranch Area.
Update: A red flag warning, indicating high fire danger, is in effect today
Evacuations: Matthew's Ranch Area.
Road Closures: Northbound 15 closed at 215 - Southbound 15 closed at Cleghorn
Northbound 215 closed at Palm/Kendall Exit
Cajon Blvd. (Old Route 66) closed between Kenwood and Cleghorn
Update: 1200hrs - CA-BDF-Devore 200+ acres, RROS and has spotted & well established across the I-15 freeway which is now closed. #CaFire

Location: I15 and Kenwood/Cajon Pass.  San Bernardino County
IA: 1055hrs 15-20 acres
ROS: Rapid
ROC: 15-20 RROS moving uphill towards Cajon Mtn.
Terrain: Very Steep and rugged.
Structures: Yes, small ranches and outbuildings
Special Hazards:
Resources: 11 engines, 6 water tenders, 4 hand crews, 12 air tankers, 4 helicopters 
Weather: Devore RAWS
Temp - 84F
RH - 12%
DP - 26F
Wind - 10 from the North, Gust 26
Agency Website:
Comms: V Fire 23 is 154.295
3rd Tac Channel just assigned per South Ops168.050
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CHP CAD: "Inland" Communications Center
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