Support during this ghastly days has been tremendous. These men barbecued hot dogs for Lake Arrowhead wildfire evacuees at a Red Cross evacuation centre.
Fire Progress in our Mountains
Crestline Evacuation May Lift Today
Update 7:18 AM KTLA news is reporting that residents with proof of residence address will be allowed to return to Crestline after 9:00 AM this morning. Residents will need a photo ID and proof of address (such as a driver’s license, utility or tax bill), and will be issued a re-entry pass. To obtain a re-entry pass, residents should go to the checkpoints set up on 40th Street and Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino, or Highway 138 at Lake Silverwood. It was not stated if this includes Cedarpines Park and Valley of Enchantment residents also.
Firefighters continued to cut a line around both the Slide and Grass Valley Fires overnight as calm winds, cooler temperatures, and slightly higher humidities slowed the progress of the fires. Evacuated residents, tired from the ordeal and the worrying and the hoping and the dashed hopes, were hungry for information about lost homes and when they will be able to return home to their communities. Tired from sleepless nights, rumors of lifted evacuations frustrated residents when they discovered they were unfounded. But, today — a year after the horrible loss of five firefighters during the arson-sparked Esparanza Fire — firefighters are hopeful about significant progress on both fire fronts. Unconfirmed reports indicate that firefighters expect full containment of the Grass Valley Fires by Sunday.
Grass Fire Now 70% Contained; Slide Now 15% Contained
Firefighters have made significant progress with both mountain fires. At 8 PM, the Grass Fire was reported to be 70% contained. “Firefighters continue to make good progress on line construction in the Miller Canyon drainage as well as mop up in the northern and eastern flanks of the fire,” said fire officials. “Damage assessment teams were able to enter the area yesterday, reporting no additional structures burned, details to be released soon. Large scale evacuations and road closures remain in effect surrounding the entire perimeter of the fire area.” Containment has begun on the Slide Fire with 15% of the 11,675 acre fire contained. “Firefighters report moderate fire intensity surface fire, backing, occasional torching, and short-range spotting,” said fire officials. “Additional structures were reported lost yesterday, with structure protection continuing along Highway 18 and Green Valley. Damage assessment teams are starting to work in the area to provide details on structures destroyed, with dangerous access due to continued fire activity. Fire perimeter containment efforts slow due to rough terrain, heavy vegetation and high density residential properties intermixed with bug killed timber.
Last evening this was reported:
A Forest Service truck spotted a red pickup truck at Circle View Drive and Wilderness Drive in Running Springs (correction) with a shovel and container of gas in the bed. They are pursuing the vehicle and law enforcement is en route. This area is under mandatory evacuation. Witnesses also reported another suspicious vehicle in their neighborhood in Valley of Enchantment. Law enforcement has been notified.
And in San Diego:
Around a million people have been forced to leave their homes as the fires have caused havoc in southern California.
The San Diego area has been hit hardest, with makeshift shelters set up for 300,000 people, including these tents in the stands at the Qualcomm Stadium.
SAN DIEGO – One by one, the neighbors returned to the cul-de-sac at the end of Valladares Drive.
The Lyons home: gone. The Chaya home: ashes. The Bostwick home: leveled. The Dela Cruz home: unrecognizable.
“I’m so sorry,” Therese Dela Cruz, 24, told each of her neighbors as they came home on Thursday afternoon to confirm that a wildfire had virtually wiped their end of the street off the map.
And so the days are better. Containment is in sight. Rebuilding will begin. For all God’s mercies we are grateful. For those who have endured extensive loss, we grieve.