Gobblers Fire Update August 23 1:00 Pm
Incident: Gobblers Wildfire
Fire managers are cautiously optimistic today after last night’s firefighting efforts on the Gobblers Fire. This fire in the San Bernardino National Forest near Wrightwood started Monday afternoon from a lightning strike the previous weekend. It is burning in steep inaccessible terrain west of Gobblers Knob near Stockton Flats at the upper end of Lytle Creek.
The fire is 335 acres and 45% contained. Although these estimates have not changed, perimeter fire-line strengthening is progressing and “hard” fire-line and containment is expected to increase by the end of the day. Firefighters made good progress yesterday building line on the southwest side. There was one small rollout (burning debris rolling downhill) last night but this was quickly caught. The night flying helicopter assisted the ground crews making water drops through the night.
Tropical storm Ivo is expected to bring some precipitation to the area later this weekend that would greatly assist firefighters with this fire. However, potential flooding in narrow Lytle Creek canyon and additional lightning-caused fires are also concerns with storm activity.
Main access for crew carriers and water tenders is Lytle Creek Road; the road narrows and becomes dirt at the north end. Stockton Flats, Coldwater Canyon and Paiute Canyon yellow post sites, Forest Road 3N06 above the shooting range, and Forest Road 3N33 are closed at the 3N31 junction for both public safety and safe transport of crews and equipment.