Bluecut Fire Status Update

 AS OF 9/14/2016 - 12:30 PM

No Threat to Big Bear at this Time

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The fire is 36,274 acres with 100% containment.

The Blue Cut Fire started on August 16, 2016 at 10:36 AM in the Cajon Pass along Old Cajon Blvd. north of Kenwood Avenue west of Interstate 15. The fire quickly spotted across Cajon Creek and grew into a large wildland fire. During the course of the fire fight, railroad lines, local roads, highway 138 and Interstate 15 were closed along with a large evacuation area that included Lytle Creek, Wrightwood, Summit Valley, Baldy Mesa, Phelan and Oak Hills. 

At the peak of the battle to control this blaze there were 2,684 personnel actively involved in the fight to contain the Blue Cut Fire. These personnel have come from all over the nation to help with this firefight.

The Cause of the Fire is under investigation, however investigators need your help to determine the fire cause. If you seen anything, heard anything have photos or videos, please call We Tip 1-800-47-ARSON or submit your tip online at: 

California Incident Management Team 4 is managing the incident, in unified command with the US Forest Service, CAL FIRE, San Bernardino County Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department, and the California Highway Patrol.
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Fire Information Call Center will close at 6:00pm on Tuesday.

Current Damage Assessment: 

A Damage Assessment Team working under the Blue Cut Fire Unified Command has announced that an estimate of 105 single family residences and 216 outbuildings were destroyed by the Blue Cut Fire, and 3 single family residences and 5 other structures were damaged.

SCAQMD has issued a Smoke Advisory for portions of San Bernardino Country. 


I-15 North and Southbound is open through the Cajon Pass. Please exercise extreme caution as crews an equipment are still working along the road. There may be intermittent lane closures to make repairs.

SAN BERNARDINO, California, September 2, 2016 – To address public safety concerns, the San Bernardino National Forest issued today an Area Closure for the Blue Cut Fire effective Saturday, September 3, 2016.

The area closure is intended to keep the public safe from post-fire hazards such as falling snags, rolling debris and water run-off. Simply being in the area where these types of hazards exist possess a significant risk to the public.

“Wildfires on our public lands often leave fragile and very unsafe conditions on the landscape that can be dangerous to forest visitors,” said Elrand Denson, Deputy Forest Supervisor of the San Bernardino National Forest. “To ensure the public’s safety, a large area of forest that was affected by the Blue Cut Fire has been closed to all public use.”

The Blue Cut Fire area closure specifically prohibits:

  • Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Blue Cut Fire Closure Area
  • Being on any National Forest System trail within the Blue Cut Fire Closure Area, except for the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Being on any National Forest System road within the Blue Cut Fire Closure Area

The areas subject to the closure are commonly referred to as the following:

  • Upper Lytle Creek Divide Area
  • Stockton Flats Area
  • Baldy Mesa OHV Staging/Area
  • Lost Lake Area
  • Applewhite Campground
  • Applewhite Truck Trail
  • Sheep Canyon Area
  • Cajon Wash Area
  • Cajon Pass

Forest users are encouraged to contact the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909 382 2882, prior to visiting the forest if they have specific questions on which roads and trails are closed.


Anyone affected in any way by the Blue Cut Fire is encouraged to visit the Local Assistance Center. The Local Assistance Center is the one-stop location where individuals and families can access available disaster assistance programs and services. 909-760-539-3093 open 8am - 5pm

  • For residents impacted by the Blue Cut fire
  • Donate at: or Text: RELIEF to 40403

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