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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Sheep Fire Update

LOS ANGELES (Tue., Oct. 6, 2009 - 3 p.m.) - The Sheep Fire, a brush fire that erupted in the Lytle Creek area east of Mt. Baldy and west of the Cajon Pass at approximately 2 p.m. on Oct. 3 has currently destroyed five residences, burned an estimated 7,128 acres and is 32 percent contained according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Presently, the Sheep Fire is burning near the top of Lone Pine Canyon near Wrightwood, which is partly located in Los Angeles County. Fire crews have been successful in keeping the fire from burning into the community of Wrightwood. Numerous helitankers and fixed wing air tankers have dropped water and retardant on the fire, in addition back fires have been set to protect homes on the eastern edge of Wrightwood. Fire engine crews will continue to do structure protection and ground resources will start the process of mop-up as well as construct containment lines. A total of 1,947 personnel have been assigned to fight the Sheep Fire.

Road Opening:

 State Route (SR) 2 from SR 138 to Wrightwood
 Lytle Creek Rd is open to residents only with proper identification

Road Closures:

 Lone Pine Canyon Rd. at SR 138
 SR 2 from SR 138 to La Canada Flintridge
 Swarthout Canyon Rd. at Cajon Blvd.

A unified command still remains in tact comprised of U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, San Bernardino County Fire and Sheriff's Departments.

The American Red Cross (ARC) announced it is beginning the process of closing the shelters located at Eisenhower Senior High School in Rialto and San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville. ARC was coordinating the sheltering of residents in the Wrightwood community, including those residents in the Los Angeles County section of Wrightwood.
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