Oak Glen Under Siege

The apple growing community of Oak Glen is in the path a a wildfire that started yesterday.

InciWeb has details.

The Oak Glen Fire is under the jurisdiction of CalFire. It started on Sunday August 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm in the hills south of Potato Canyon Road and Oak Glen Road about 4 to 5 miles north of Beaumont and Banning. Mandatory Evacuations are in effect for the south and southeast portions of Oak Glen and voluntary evacuations for the remainder of Oak Glen.

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Sunday August 30th, 2009 approx 01:45 PM
Location 4-5 miles north of Beaumont
Incident Commander Jeff Veik
Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,024
Size 1,000 acres
Percent Contained 25%
Fuels Involved Heavy chaparral, oak woodland and mixed pines.
Fire Behavior
Today, firefighters face high temperatures and low humidity, rugged terrain, and very dry and flammable vegetation that in many instances has not burned since 1924. Fire is fuels and topography driven.
Significant Events
Aggressive fire fighting and air attack made good progress on the fire. Poor humidity recovery and heavy, old fuels have promoted active burning last night and significant increase in acreage. Firefighters are on the line today constructing containment line around the fire with the help of the hand crews and the bulldozers. Coordination with Sheriff on evacuation continues as needed.
Planned Actions
Structure protection, construction of control lines on all divisions.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty Extreme.

Road Closures— Oak Glen Road from Chagall Street to Wildwood Canyon Road. Large animals can be taken to the Yucaipa Equestrian Center 13273 California Road. For animal emergencies related to the fire, call San Bernardino County Animal Control 1-800-472-5609. 1024 personnel, resources assigned: 87 engines, 6 water tenders, 41 hand crews, 8 dozers, 10 helicopters, 6 airtankers, one 747, and Martin Mars and DC-10. One home damaged.

Current Weather
Wind Conditions 14 G16 mph W
Temperature 100 degrees
Humidity 6%