SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA – San Bernardino National Forest officials said crews are on the scene to combat the Pilot fire, which has burned 150 acres, reports said. It has not been contained, but no homes are believed in danger.
A wildland fire is burning just east of Silverwood Lake on the north side of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Dubbed the Pilot fire, it had burned about 350 acres as of 2:30 p.m., according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The fire broke out about 12:15 p.m. Sunday off Highway 138 and Pilot Rock Road, said Bob Poole, a San Bernardino National Forest spokesman. Highway 138 is closed between Highway 173 and Mill Creek, and the Miller Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle area also is closed. I-15 was not threatened, fire officials said.
It’s unclear whether any evacuations are being carried out. The San Bernardino County Fire Department, which is assisting with the response, and San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Ruthorford both tweeted that the Sheriff’s Department was evacuating areas around the road closures.
Asked to confirm that, the Sheriff’s Department referred questions to Poole, who was on scene with sheriff’s officials and said no evacuations were in place.
Poole said shortly after 1 p.m. that there would be “a long ways to go” before any structures might be threatened.
The fire is putting up so much smoke that it can be seen from southwest Riverside County and Barstow. High Desert residents north of the fire are reporting that ash is raining down on them.
The fire is burning near the state’s Pilot Rock Conservation Camp. Cal Fire agency jointly operates the camp with the state Department of Corrections and provide inmate crews for firefighting.