Sheep Fire near Wrightwood 35% contained – San Bernardino Sun

The Sheep Fire burning north of Wrightwood remained at 990 acres but was 35% contained as of Tuesday morning, June 14, authorities said.

“Fire is same footprint and not really growing, which is great,” said Battalion Chief Mike McClintock of the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

He said firefighters continue to work on mop-up and line construction. Favorable winds and cooler temperatures are aiding their efforts, he added.

Highway 2 remains closed from Highway 138 to Sheep Creek Road, McClintock said.

The Sheep fire, which started Saturday night in the Angeles National Forest, led to the evacuation of 300 people on Sunday when it grew fueled by windy conditions. The fire has not damaged any structures. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The fire is burning in the forest and in private land near Wrightwood.

It isn’t expected to be as windy Tuesday due to a high-pressure system, which will bring drier, warmer weather.

“We will see lighter winds today and tomorrow,” said Adam Roser, a National Weather Service meteorologist. Wrightwood should see a high of 78 Tuesday, then temperatures will hit the upper 80s Wednesday and Thursday, he said.

But the winds will start to increase Thursday, Roser said. There may be gusts of 20 or up to 30 mph.

Evacuation orders remain unchanged, according to Mara Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Desert Front Road and Wild Horse Canyon, Highway 2 south to Lone Pine Canyon Road and Wright Mountain Road to Sheep Creek Drive remain under mandatory evacuation. Wrightwood is still under an evacuation warning.

The evacuation center at Serrano High School, 9292 Sheep Creek Rd. in Phelan, remains open, Rodriguez said.

Residents are asked to call the San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control in advance at 800-472-5609 for all animal evacuations.

The Devore Animal Shelter at 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino is housing small animals while shelter for large animals and livestock is available at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds at 14800 7th St in Victorville.

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