Little Fire Near Lake Hemet 70% Contained
Incident: Little Wildfire
San Bernardino, Calif., August 27, 2013 – The Little Fire began on August 24th and is burning in chaparral and scattered timber in rugged terrain approximately 1 mile south of Lake Hemet Dam on the west slope of Little Thomas Mountain.
The fire has burned 97 acres and 70% contained, with 235 personnel currently assigned to the incident. Firefighters plan to complete and improve the fireline with the current efforts on the west side of the fire.
The continued high humidity and cooler temperatures have helped the fire fighters make good progress over the past two days. This weather pattern will continue, but will also bring the threat of gusty winds and lightning.
Thomas Mountain Road (6S13) is closed from Highway 74 to the junction with Rouse Ridge Road (5S15). Thomas Mountain Road, Cottonwood Truck Trail, and Rouse Ridge Road are still open to the public.
Fire Investigators continue to look into the cause of the fire.
For more information on the Little Fire, please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3703/ For more information on the other fires on the San Bernardino National Forest, please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/9/ or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SanBernardinoNF
Quick Fire Facts Fire Start Date: August 24, 2013 Fire Report Time: 3:09 PM Location: Little Thomas Mountain near Lake Hemet Acres: 97 Fire Cause: Under Investigation Fire Fighters Assigned: 235 Fire Engines: 10 Fire Crews: 7 Water Tenders: 3 Helicopters: 2 Road Closures: Thomas Mountain Road – 6S13 Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE Riverside Unit, Riverside County Fire Department
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