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Saturday, April 20, 2013

CA-BDF-Fawnskin Fire 30 acres 91% Portion of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) now has re-opened.

A portion of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) was temporarily rerouted for public safety and now has re-opened.

Closures: Forest Road 2N71 is closed on the west at Forest Road 3N12 and on the east at Forest Road 2N09 Polique Canyon.

Update 4-24 0830: 30 acres and 91% contained
Update 4-23 0830: The Fawnskin Fire started at 5:26 pm, Saturday near Forest Road 2N71, north of the community of Fawnskin, which is on the north shore of Big Bear Lake.
The cause of the wildfire was an escaped campfire, which started above Forest Road 2N71 in very steep and rocky terrain with heavy fuels consisting of timber and brush. Due to the quick and immediate response and coordination of the U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire, San Bernardino County Fire and other cooperating agencies, the forward progression of the flame front was halted at the ridge.
There was spotting on the north side of the ridge during the night, but the two spot fires were contained.
The fire has been held to 30 acres and containment is now 90%, with full containment expected Friday evening.
Crews will continue constructing and improving handlines, and reducing hotspot within the fire interior.
Firefighters will continue to reduce and mitigating hazard trees and snags.
At no time were any structures, private lands threatened or any evacuation orders in place.

Update 4-21 1830: Fawnskin Fire [update] north of Fawnskin (San Bernardino Co): CAL FIRE is no longer in unified command. For the latest from the US Forest Service: 4-21 1800: #FawnskinFire is now at 50% containment, 189 personnel are on this fire, they will be continuing to construct and improve firelines tonight, Fawnskin Fire - a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is closed temporarily for public safety - between Forest Roads 2N71 and 3N12

4-21 1500#FawnskinFire [update] north of Fawnskin (San Bernardino Co) is now 30 acres & 35% contained.

Update: 4-21 0800hrs - Firefighters have constructed line around 3/4th of the fire. Air Tanker inbound from Porterville should be here in approximately 0900 minutes
Update: 4-21 0500hrs - spot fire in division Alpha about 1 ac , moderate rate of spread. Fawnskin IC requesting aircraft back on the fire at 0700hrs
Update: 4-20 1800hrs - 5-6 acres 0% containment. heavy timber, mid slope. Large header visible, resources making good progress with the help of Air Support

Location: J/NO Fawnskin San Bernardino County - Behind Forest Service Fire Station 92 Holcomb Valley area

Update:IC: Fawnskin Fire CA-BDF 6282 - BC 13 - USFS and CALFIRE are in Unified Command - 
Concerns: No structure or infrastructure threat. No evacuations.
Fuels: Heavy brush and timber
Resources: Wildcad shows AA 500, AT 71, AT 72, BC12, BC13, E12, E15, E311, E35, T-48 T76,WT234 RRU S/T 9310c assigned for day shift
Live Cams:
Fawnskin Fire CA-BDF 6282

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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