Sheep Fire reaches 990 acres, with evacuation orders still in effect

Fire officials announced Monday that the fire spread to 990 acres after it started near Wrightwood.

The fire, known as the Sheep Fire was set off in the Sheep Creek Road area on Saturday night.

Fire was ignited by erratic wind and dry brush. It exploded, consuming hundreds of acres within the next day.

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, it was contained at 5% Monday morning.

As of Monday morning, approximately 50 homes had been affected by evacuation orders. San Bernardino County Fire Battalion Chief Mike McClintock said.

Evacuation orders have been issued for Wild Horse Canyon and Desert Front Road. Also Highway 2 south towards Lone Pine Canyon Road. Wright Mountain Road to Sheep Creek Drive.

Wrightwood’s rest was evacuated.

It’s still unknown what sparked the blaze, which broke out as Southern California was experiencing a heat wave with triple-digit temperatures and amid a drought that experts warn will make for yet another long, dangerous fire season.

“We had really strong, erratic winds that were pushing the fire around and into really dry, receptive fuels that haven’t burned for a while,”McClintock stated.

The strong winds complicated firefighting efforts, temporarily forcing the Fire Department’s fixed wing air tankers out of the air due to safety concerns.

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Over 200 firefighters joined the firefighting effort and worked all night to put out the flames.

“A lot of our units were going on 24 hours straight of working,” McClintock added.

Firefighters were aided by sheriff’s deputies, who were going door to door, evacuating residents from their homes.

An evacuation center was set up at Serrano High School at 9292 Sheep Creek Road in Phelan.

Evacuated animals (including livestock and pets) can be brought to Devore Animal Shelter at 19777 Shelter Avenue in San Bernardino.

According to fire officials, Highway 2 remains closed between Highway 138 and Sheep Creek. Highway 138 is also closed to Lone Pine Canyon Road.

The brush fire has not caused any injuries and no damage to structures.

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