first_imgHighway 38 remained closed from Big Bear Dam to the Stanfield Cutoff, Bailey said, while Highway 18 was shut down from the dam to Running Springs. Six schools in the Bear Valley Unified School District canceled classes today as a precaution, affecting 3,200 students. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had declared a state of emergency for San Bernardino County on Saturday, clearing the way for state government assistance with costs related to the fire. Evacuation centers were set up for displaced residents. The fire, which remained under investigation, burned several outbuildings at a campground. About 2,245 firefighters were aided by water-dropping aircraft and bulldozers. The fire is being called the Butler 2 fire because it was burning near the site of the first Butler fire, which was sparked by lightning Sept. 1. Authorities initially said the blaze had charred 18,000 acres, but revised the figure after infrared mapping showed a smaller fire than what was reported. In eastern San Diego County, a wildfire northeast of Julian led to the evacuation of about 400 people from the nearby subdivision of Whispering Pines. Residents in the southern part of the subdivision were allowed back in their homes Sunday after evacuating Saturday. The Angel Fire, which burned 1,000 acres, was 20 percent surrounded. Crews turned their attention to the crest of Volcan Mountain where they were protecting aircraft navigation equipment. The mountain burned in 2002 and 2003. The fire was started by an illegal campfire, said Capt. Randy Scales of the Forestry Department. One vacation home was destroyed and five outbuildings were damaged. Full containment was expected by Tuesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FAWNSKIN – Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and a change in wind direction Sunday gave firefighters hope of progress against a raging wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest that left hundreds evacuated from homes and two major roadways closed. The fire burned 15,433 acres of dense, dry bush near the resort mountain community of Big Bear Lake, said Forest Service spokeswoman Norma Bailey. The fire was 12 percent contained and headed in a northwest direction away from homes. About 340 residents of the Fawnskin area remained evacuated Sunday night, but another 1,200 who voluntarily left their homes in Green Valley Lake have returned, Bailey said. last_img

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