VIDEO: Massive fire burning near Big Bear Lake in Southern California

 

BIG BEAR (KRON) — A massive fire is raging in the San Bernardino National Forest northeast of Big Bear Lake on Monday evening.

The wildfire along the Pacific Crest Trail in the San Bernardino Mountains has surged to 1.3 square miles (3.4 square kilometers) and prompted closures and calls for optional evacuations.

The Holcomb Fire has burned about 200 acres so far.

The U.S. Forest Service says the blaze broke out amid dry air and blazing heat at about 3 p.m. Monday northeast of Big Bear.

It’s not an immediate threat to any structures, but a section of the Pacific Crest Trail, two campgrounds and State Route 18 have been shut down.

No homes are threatened, but some campgrounds have been evacuated.

People in the tiny communities of Holcomb and Baldwin Lake have been told they may want to evacuate, but no mandatory orders were issued.

The fire is moving northeast from the San Bernardino National Forest into the Mojave Desert.

More than a dozen Cal Fire airplanes are being used to fight the blaze.

The burn area, which is dotted with mines from the gold rush, is about 200 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Stay with KRON4 for updates on this breaking news story on-air, online, and on the KRON4 app.

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