A wildfire that started Tuesday in the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County has forced mass evacuations in the area.
The latest estimates from the National Forest Service put the size of the Blue Cut Fire at 25,626 acres, as mapping was refined throughout the day.
There are still 1,309 personnel assigned to the incident headed into the night, containment is estimated at 4%.
There are still no estimates as to how many structures have burned, but authorities say 34,506 structures are threatened and evacuation orders remain in place.
Crews have been working nonstop Wednesday to battle the raging wildfire in the San Bernardino County mountains near the Cajon Pass, with some 1,309 personnel now assigned to the blaze.
The size of the Blue Cut Fire is not over 40,000 acres and just 4% contained.
Several structures have been destroyed, but there’s no estimate yet as to how many.
Smokey skies are visible in much of the Southland (LA Basin), prompting the South Coast Air Quality Management District to issue a smoke advisory.
“Winds from the southwest are predicted to push smoke toward the north and east into the San Bernardino Mountains and the high desert,” the agency said. “Depending on evolving fire and weather conditions, smoke impacts will mainly occur in the San Bernardino Mountain areas near and downwind of the fire, although some smoke may settle into the valley areas of San Bernardino County overnight. Air quality may reach unhealthy levels in areas directly impacted by smoke.”
All of the evacuations and road closures listed below remain in effect.
The fire, raging about an hour east of Los Angeles, started Tuesday morning near Kenwood Avenue and has since charged through the area to become one of the largest fires currently burning in California.
Cal Fire said Wednesday morning that the fire is threatening 34,500 homes and is an “imminent threat to public safety, rail traffic and structures.” More than 1,300 fire personnel have been deployed to the scene.
California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for San Bernardino County because of the wildfire.
Remember, when traveling in fire danger zones take extreme care, lives and property depend on it.