Little Fire Now 85% Contained
Incident: Little Wildfire
San Bernardino, Calif., August 28, 2013 – The Little Fire began on August 24th and has burned in chaparral and scattered timber in rugged terrain approximately 1 mile south of the Lake Hemet Dam on the west slope of Little Thomas Mountain.
The fire has burned 97 acres and is 85% contained, with 103 personnel currently assigned to the incident. Firefighters continue to complete and improve the fireline with the current efforts being focused on the west side of the fire. Full containment is expected on August 29, 2013.
While significant precipitation has not occurred over the fire area, the continued high humidity and cooler temperatures have helped the firefighters make good progress over the past three days. This weather pattern will continue, but will also bring the threat of gusty winds and lightning.
Thomas Mountain Road (6S13) is closed from Highway 74 to the junction with Rouse Ridge Road (5S15). Thomas Mountain Road, Cottonwood Truck Trail, and Rouse Ridge Road are still open to the public.
Fire investigators continue to look into the cause of the fire.
For more information on the Little Fire, please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3703/ For more information on the other fires on the San Bernardino National Forest, please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/9/ or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SanBernardinoNF
Quick Fire Facts Fire Start Date: August 24, 2013 Fire Report Time: 3:09 PM Location: Little Thomas Mountain South of Lake Hemet Acres: 97 Fire Cause: Under Investigation Firefighters Assigned: 103 Fire Engines: 10 Fire Crews: 3 Water Tenders: 3 Road Closures: A Portion of Thomas Mountain Road
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