Fire South Of Big Bear Lake Grows To 11,000 Acres

Source: Paco Ayala - 123RF

Big Bear Lake, CA – Firefighters continue to battle a wildfire near Big Bear Lake that has grown to 11,000 acres and spurred the evacuation of hundreds of campers.

The fire burning east of Camp de Benneville Pines and south of Jenks Lake Road, prompted help from more than 500 firefighters deployed to the area, along with several aircraft.

Since the blaze erupted Wednesday afternoon, teams have been working to keep flames away from homes. The fire also prompted the closure of Highway 38 from Angelus Oaks to Lake Williams, as well as Jenks Lake Road.

Authorities have evacuated the areas east of Angelus Oaks, Onyx Summit, Barton Flats, Seven Oaks, Heart Bar and homes off of Rainbow Lane.

The fire remains at 10 percent containment.