Firefighters working the Valley Fire near Highway 38 and Valley of the Falls Drive in the San Bernardino National Forest are making strides. Containment has increased to 24 percent since yesterday, holding at 1,348 acres.
Crews Wednesday, July 11, will work on chipping cleared brush along Highway 38, constructing a fire line and reinforcing and improving established containment lines. Helicopters continue dropping water on areas of high heat within the uncontained fire perimeter. A portable fire retardant plant has been established to support reinforcement of existing fire retardant lines.
A chance for isolated thunderstorms in the area continue, presenting a risk for strong winds to increase fire activity, and potential flash flooding with associated debris and mud flows.
Highway 38 remains closed to all but Mountain Home, Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks residents from Bryant Street to Angelus Oaks. Highway 38 is open from Big Bear to Angelus Oaks.
All portions of the San Gorgonio Wilderness are closed to entry.
At the end of the day July 10, there were 644 personnel on the fire including 12 engines, one water tender, eight helicopters, 16 hand crews and one dozer. There have been four injuries, and no structures threatened, damaged or destroyed.
The Valley Fire began July 6 at approximately 1:33 p.m. The cause is under investigation.