EVACUATION WARNING LIFTED FOR PIONEERTOWN, RIMROCK

The Unified Fire Command has announced the lifting of Evacuation warnings for Pioneertown and Rimrock.

Several Apple Fire Evacuation Warnings Lifted

Several successful firefighting operations around the perimeter of the Apple Fire have decreased the threat to life and property. With this change, the Apple Fire incident commanders have lifted all Evacuation Warnings in Riverside County and the following Evacuation Warnings in San Bernardino County:

San Bernardino County:
• Forest Falls, Rimrock, Pioneertown

The Evacuation Warning for the following area in San Bernardino County remains in effect:
• All of Morongo Valley – including both sides of Highway 62

APPLE FIRE SUNDAY UPDATE: 32,412 ACRES, 40% CONTAINED

Combined Fire Management reported succesful fire suppression operations has allowed fire managers to shift focus from protecting communities to working on preventing the fire footprint from growing. Resources that are no longer needed will be released from the incident over the next several days. Strike teams of large fire engines will be reduced in number. Smaller wildland fire engines capable of travel over difficult terrain will be utilized as the focus shifts from developed to wildland areas. 

Fire activity was minimal yesterday, with no forward progression of the perimeter. There were some areas of increased fire activity as interior islands of unburned fuel continued to burn.

Firefighters continued to conduct mop-up operations in the Millard Canyon area on Saturday, using water tenders to supply water for firefighters. Mop-up consists of looking for areas of flame and heat that are near the perimeter of the fire and making sure that they are extinguished; similar to stirring your campfire to make sure it is cold. 

One 10-person Wildland Fire Module, inserted in the San Gorgonio Wilderness yesterday, looked for opportunities to use natural barriers to serve as containment lines. Today, an additional Wildland Fire Module will be inserted, working towards the east. 

Evacuations / Closures: In Riverside County, Evacuation Warnings are in effect for the following: 

  • all areas east of Potrero Road, north of Morongo Road, west of Whitewater Canyon and south of the San Bernardino county line 
  • all areas west of HWY 62, north of Interstate 10, South of the San Bernardino county line and east of Whitewater Canyon 

Riverside County residents: please visit https://www.rivcoready.org/ActiveEvents for an interactive map that will allow you to enter your address to determine if you are within these evacuation warning areas. 

In San Bernardino County, Evacuation Warnings are in effect for the following areas: 

  • Forest Falls, Pioneertown, Rimrock, and the community of Morongo Valley, including both sides of Highway 62 

CAL FIRE SAN BERNARDINO ESTABLISHES NEW HAND CREWS

The San Bernardino unit of Cal Fire has established two new firefighter hand crews. The new hand crews’ primary mission will be the suppression of wildfires and fuels reduction in San Bernardino, Inyo, and Mono counties. Each BDU crew will consist of two fire captains and 12 firefighters. The hand crews will be staffed from July through October and can be extended to meet the needs of the 2020 fire season. The fire captains selected for the assignment bring a combined 107 years of wildland fire fighting experience, with 60 of those years being hand crew experience. The firefighters hired come from a variety of backgrounds including new firefighters, military veterans, federal and local government firefighters with hand crew experience. The staffing of the new hand crews comes from a statewide reduction in the availability of inmate hand crews. Currently only 99 of Cal Fire’s inmate hand crews are available for incident response.

FREE WEBINAR TO DISCUSS VULNERABLE STUDENTS

The San Bernardino County superintendent of school will hold a webinar August 27 on the challenges facing vulnerable students. Rebecca Havely has more information…

“Equity Minded: Challenges Facing Vulnerable Students,” is the third in a series of webinars that focuses on issues of fairness within our schools, communities, and workplaces. Featured on the free webinar will be representatives from the Homeless Education Project, Foster Youth Services, and Children Deserve Success program. The seminar will also feature a panel of students, homeless and foster youth liaisons, student advocacy groups, parents and school officials. Panelists will discuss the experiences, needs, and concerns of students who may have traumatic experiences or basic needs insecurities. To register, visit the link below.

https://sbcss.k12oms.org/2530-189851

COUNTY OFFERS FOOD PROGRAMS FOR THOSE IN NEED

More than 100 food banks and pantries have been providing meals to county residents who have lost their jobs or have otherwise been severely affected by economic challenges. Operated by nonprofits, school districts, churches, and other faith-based organizations; these food banks have played a critical role in ensuring county residents avoid going hungry during these arduous times. Some of the programs helping residents in need include Great Plates Delivered, the Meal and Diaper program, and the Grab and Go school meals program. The county’s preschool services department anticipates being able to soon add meat, eggs, and dairy to the fruits and vegetables in the Grab and Go program. More information is available at the link below.

https://sbcovid19.com/food-assistance