SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. — For the latest updates on the Sheep Fire, click here.
A wildfire in San Bernardino County has spurred calls for some in the area to leave their homes as the fire grows.
The so-called Sheep Fire broke out Saturday not far from the town of Wrightwood near the Pacific Crest Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. As of Sunday afternoon, officials said the blaze was burning toward Desert Front Road.
Evacuations were ordered Sunday for remote homes near a growing wildfire in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, authorities said.
The Sheep Fire broke out Saturday not far from the town of Wrightwood near the Pacific Crest Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said.
Evacuation orders were issued Sunday for some people living in Wrightwood. The order extends from Highway 2 to Mesquite Street, from Hwy138 to Sand Canyon and from Wright Mountain Road to Lone Pine Canyon Road. Additionally, there is an evacuation warning in place for all of Wrightwood.
An evacuation center was set up at Serrano High School in Phelan, Calif.
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A Road closure was put in place from Highway 138 to Line Pine (Highway 2).
According to Cal Fire, the 2021 fire season started earlier than previous years, but also ended earlier, as well. January 2021 saw just under 1,200 acres burned from nearly 300 wildfires. Fires picked up in the summer when the Dixie Fire burned in five Northern California counties — Butte, Plumas, Shasta, Lassen and Tehama. The Dixie Fire started on July 13 and wasn't contained until Oct. 25, burning nearly 1 million acres. It has since become the second-largest wildfire in state history and the largest non-complex fire.
Overall, 2.5 million acres were burned in 2021 from 8,835 wildfires. Over 3,600 structures were destroyed and 3 people killed.
If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.
The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and know your community’s evacuation plans best to prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.
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