Lightning storms passing through southern California mountains have started several small lightning related fires in the San Bernardino National Forest. Firefighters are working to suppress all of these fires.
Below we have listed each fire from the beginning of the lightning storms that passed over the forest. Each is listed by the name given to the fire, the time the fire was reported, the approximate location and estimated fire size. Any large fires will have a new "incident" started in InciWeb.
The fires are being suppressed by fire engines, hand crews, helicopter water drops and the Redding Smokejumpers. The US Forest Service is conducting aerial reconnaissance flights each day over the forest to assist with detection of new lightning related fires. The reconnaissance flights are part of our normal operating plan after lightning storms.
1. Hog - 12:01 pm - near Hog Lake Road Forest Road 6S18 Thomas Mountain Area - 5'x5' spot - fire knocked down
2. Peak - 12:41 pm - 1 mile north of Morton Peak Lookout on Forest Road 1N12 - 1/10 acre
3. Oaks - 1:11 pm - near mile marker 22 near Glass Road east of Angelus Oaks - 10'x10' spot - one lane of Hwy 38 was closed temporarily
4. Slide - 1:48 pm - near Slide Peak
5. Flats - 2:29 pm - near Barton Flats
6. Tahquitz - 2:33 pm - Near Camp Tahquitz near Barton Flats
7. Cedar - 2:58 pm - Camp Cedar Falls Area east of Angelus Oaks
8. Hunting - 3:18 pm - North side of Thomas Hunting Grounds off Forest Road 1N12 west of Angelus Oaks
9. Keller - 3:58 pm - east side of Bear Creek Drainage
10. Bear - 4:02 pm - west side of Bear Creek Drainage
11. Holcomb - 7:19pm - upper Holcomb Valley - 20 x 20 spot
12. Stockton - 10:32 am - Stockton Flats area above Lytle Creek - 1/4 acre
13. River - 12:05 pm - east of Seven Oaks Resort on River Road - fire is believed to be out
14. Forsee - 1:11 pm - Forsee Creek Trailhead near Barton Flats - single snag on fire
15. Constance - 1:38 pm - Forest Road 1N12 in the Angelus Oaks area
16. Schneider - 3:47 pm - Forsee Creek near Barton Flats - single snag
17. Momyer - 4:40 pm - near Momyer Trail, San Gorgonio Wilderness - 1 snag and 10x10 spot on ground
18. Vivian - 5:36 pm - near Vivian Creek Trail, San Gorgonio Wilderness - 2 snags
19. San Sevaine - 5:51 pm - near San Sevaine Road, west of Lytle Creek
20. Sugarloaf - 8:23 am - Pinyon Area on the San Jacinto Ranger District - 20x20 spot - fire contained
21. Telegraph - 9:58 am - near Telegraph Peak in the Cucamonga Wilderness - 20x20 spot
22. Rainbow - 12:20 pm - near Onyx Summit along Hwy 38
23. Poopout - 4:32 pm - near Poopout Hill, San Gorgonio Wilderness
24. Pole - 6:00 pm - near Ribbonwood Equestrian Camp near Pinyon on the San Jacinto Ranger District - 1/10 acre
25. Big Pine - 6:26 pm - Northeast of Big Pine Flats Campground - 1/10 acre
26. Windy - 1:49pm - south side of State Highway 111 - west of Palm Springs - more info at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3149/
27. Marion - 3:39pm - on Marion Ridge north of Idyllwild
28. Summit - 5:18am - southside of Big Bear lake near the Snow Summit ski area
29. Coon Creek - 11:07am - Coon Creek Cabin area southeast of Barton Flats
30. Willow - 9:40am - San Jacinto Wilderness
31. Erwin - 2:03pm - near Erwin Lake east of Big Bear Lake - 1/2 acre
32. Birch- 2:09pm - Oak Glen peak on Yucaipa ridge, north of the Oak Glen community - 50x100 spot fire
33. Falls - 3:38pm - North of Forest Falls - 5 snags with 50x50 ground fire spot.
34. Dobbs - 11:44 am - North of the Vivian Creek Trail, south of Dobbs Peak in the San Gorgonio Wilderness - single snag on fire
35. Forsee 2 - 3:05 pm - near Forsee Creek in the San Gorgonio Wilderness - single snag on fire
36. Rainbow 3 - 4:09 pm - Near Onyx Peak - single snag with small ground fire.
37. International - 5:02 pm - Near Cactus Flats north of Baldwin Lake - small spot fire.
38. Airport - 5:38 pm - North of Division / SR38 - small ground fire
39. Bertha - 8:11 am - Bertha ridge, north of Big Bear lake.
August 22 (Times are approximate due to public FICC Wildcad system failure)
40. Williams - 10:28 am - State Highway 38 1/4 mile north of Lake Williams - single snag
41. Chimney - 11:25 am - Chimney Flat Forest Road 5S13 San Jacinto Ranger District - 1 acre
42. Sugarloaf 2 - 12:15 pm - Onyx Summit Hwy 38 - 30 x 30 spot
43. Hall - 7:00 am - Dark Canyon Area San Jacinto Ranger District - single snag 10 x 10 spot
44. Pinewood - 9:05 am - NE of Pinewood Camp San Jacinto Ranger District - single snag 30 x 30 spot
45. Robin - 12:46 pm - Robin Oak Drive in Angelus Oaks - single snag
46. Monroe - 12:51 pm - north of Morton Peak
47. Crystal - 12:51 pm - near Keller Peak/Crystal Creek
48. Crystal 2 - 2:09 pm - near Forest Road 1N12 - 30 x 30 spot
49. Crystal 3 - 2:09 pm - near Forest Road 1N12 - single snag 5 x 5 foot spot
50. Garner - 2:20 pm - Hwy 74 between Lake Hemet and Garner Valley - 30 x 30 spot
51. Wellman - 3:00 pm - Marion Mountain Road San Jacinto Ranger District
52. Mitsu - 3:32 pm - west of Mitsubishi Plant near Lucerne Valley - small spot
53. Black Mountain - 4:18 pm - near Black Mountain/Fuller Ridge Trail
54. Tanglewood - 4:36 pm - near Tanglewood Campground - single snag 10 x 10 spot
55. Tamarack - 4:50 pm - near Tamarack Valley west of Palm Springs Tramway - single snag
56. Alger - 4:51 pm - near Momyer Trail - single snag 10 x 10 spot
57. Circle - 5:07 pm - near Circle Mountain upper Lytle Creek - single snag
58. Upper - 5:36 pm - upper Lytle Creek Divide 3N31 - small spot fire
59. Circle 2 - 9:16 am - South slope of Circle Mountain upper Lytle Creek - single snag with 20 x 20 spot
60. Anderson -10:12 am - south of Anderson Peak, San Gorgonio Wilderness
61. Lookout - 1:31 pm - Black Mountain Trail, San Jacinto Ranger District - 5 x 5 foot spot
62. 17 - 5:00 pm - Hwy 38 mile marker 17
63. Drift - 6:40 pm - Hwy 38 mile marker 35
64. Deep - 1:49 pm - north of Tent Peg Campground
65. Wagon Wheel - 2:01 pm - 31721 Wagon Wheel Drive - single snag
66. Cram - 2:24 pm - Cram Peak northwest of Morton Peak
67. Fork - 2:18pm - South side of Sugarloaf mountain
68. Stetson - 3:17pm - Near Glass Road at State Hwy 38 in the Barton Flats area- 1/4 acre
69. Meadows - 10:55am - Southeast of Jenks Lake in the Barton Flats area - Single snag with 100x100 ground fire
In addition, the San Bernardino National Forest has been assisting local agencies with lightning related fires adjacent to the national forest.
Lightning is defined as: a visible discharge of electrical energy in the atmosphere in the vicinity of thunderstorms, volcanic eruptions or wildfire convection columns. Lightning results from separation of electrical charges due to turbulence inside a convective cloud.
Lightning strikes are typically categorized by their polarity (either positive or negative) and their direction of travel: cloud to cloud, cloud to ground or cloud to air. Negative lightning strikes are the most frequently observed as cloud to ground (CG) flashes beneath active thunderstorm cloud bases in the vicinity of rainshowers. Postive strikes are less frequent but tend to be more powerful and appear to be capable of traveling scores of miles (or sometimes more) from the parent cloud and away from the rainfall.
Lightning poses several threats. Electrocution from the strong electrical current in and near a direct lightning strike is capable of killing humans and animals. Strong currents are also possible in soil, bodies of water, and other conductors in the vicinity of a lightning strike. Lightning is capable of igniting fire and the blast effect from strikes has been known to explosively shatter the bark of trees. Humans incapacitated by a lightning strike do not carry a residual charge and can be safely moved.
The exact locations of thunderstorms are difficult to forecast accurately more than a few hours in advance. The approach of a thunderstorm is commonly heralded by darkening clouds and flashes of lightning accompanied by booms of thunder growing louder and closer. Sometimes lightning is visible without the sound of thunder and at other times thunder is audible without flashes of lightning. Both need to be taken seriously and cover sought before the arrival of a storm.
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|Date of Origin||Thursday August 09th, 2012 approx. 12:00 PM|