U.S Forest Service crews doused a 10 acre brush fire in the Big Pine Flats area Nov. 25.
Known as the Ranch Fire, the blaze was reported west of the intersection of Forest Service Roads 3N14 and 4N16. The fire started at 11:10 a.m. Alert members of the Forest Service Helitac crew saw smoke from their location at Heaps Peak. They launched the chopper and headed toward the remote site northwest of Big Bear. The vegetation was burning in a canyon south of Forest Road 3N14. According to Bob Poole of the Forest Service, the fire was drive by terrain and southwest wind gusts up to 15 mph.
Several campers were evacuated from Horse Springs Campground. By 2:45 p.m. a hose line surrounded the blaze and by 5 p.m. the fire was 40 percent contained. Full containment is expected by 6 p.m. Nov. 26.
Big Bear Lake Fire Department crews assisted firefighters from the Forest Service, CalFire, Bureau of Land Management and Apple Valley Fire Department. Fourteen engines, four hand crews, eight water tenders, two helicopters, two air tankers and one air attack were assigned to the fire. Air support was released by around 4:30 p.m..
Crews worked through the night to improve containment lines.