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Monday, May 13, 2013

CA-BDU-#LytleFire #Wildfire North Fontana, 75 acres, 95% containment, Forward Progress Stopped

Update 1900 5-14: 75 acres, 95%
Update 0800 5-14: 75 acres, 45 % Contained  1 Out building reported destroyed
Concerns to high heat, low humidities and low fuel moisture levels
All road closures have been lifted

The Lytle fire was reported at 1:23 P.M. on Monday May 13, 2013 between Lytle Creek Road and Interstate 15, west of Sierra Avenue in North Fontana. The fire burned northeast along the north side of of Interstate 15, jumping across Sierra Avenue to the Lytle Creek wash.

As the fire approached Sierra Avenue, it burned around the cluster of businesses at the freeway ramps, destroying the drive-thru menus at a fast food restaurant. The fire also destroyed an outbuilding at a nearby residence. Residents and businesses in the fire's path sheltered in place until the fire had passed.

Firefighters on the ground and in the air were able to gain the upper hand on the fire as it approached the Lytle Creek wash, halting the fire at 75 acres.

During the course of the firefight, southbound Interstate 15 was closed to all traffic from Interstate 215 interchange past the Sierra exit.

One firefighter did suffer heat exhaustion during the incident.
The fire is being managed under unified command with CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit, San Bernardino County Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service

Update 1700: 75 acres, 20% containment, road closures

Road Closure: I-15 closed in both directions at Glenhelen. Southbound lanes on the 15 Freeway are closed at Sierra Avenue as the fire continues to grow, according to CAL Fire and a SigAlert issued for the area. Traffic is being taken off at Glen Helen and drivers are advised to take the 215 Freeway as an alternate. The fire briefly shuttered the northbound 15 Freeway, which has been reopened.

Update 1530: HT718 out of Fresno enroute. 3 SOB, 3+hr fuel.
Update 1330: 90 acres per AA, 15 Freeway has been reopened.
Location: SB I-15 near Sierra Avenue Lytle Creek area.
Reported Date/time: *
IA: 20+ acres
ROS: Rapid
ROC: Hot, Dry
Structure Threats: Yes
Concerns: Potential for extended attack
Resources: 285 firefighters and the following resources were assigned during the battle to halt the fire:
32 Engines
11 Hand Crews
3 Fire Dozers
2 Water Tenders
2 Helicopters
3 Air Tankers
1 Air Attack
Cooperating Agencies: *
Weather Info:  96 degrees at 2:30 p.m., 12% humidity, winds 8 mph
Special Conditions: *
Other Comments: *
Radio Frequencies: *
Maps: *
Agency Website: *
Online Scanner: *
Live Video: *
Web Cams: *
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