Environment & Science

Lake Fire: 15,000 acres burn near Big Bear

The Lake Fire has burned through 15,000 acres since June 17. There have been evacuations and about 500 structures are in the path of the fire.
The Lake Fire has burned through 15,000 acres since June 17. There have been evacuations and about 500 structures are in the path of the fire.
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The Lake Fire has burned through 15,000 acres since June 17. There have been evacuations and about 500 structures are in the path of the fire.
A stand of trees go up in flames on the northern flank of the Lake Fire Thursday afternoon.
Stuart Palley for KPCC
The Lake Fire has burned through 15,000 acres since June 17. There have been evacuations and about 500 structures are in the path of the fire.
A Riverside City firefighter monitors a burnout operation along Jenks Lake Road Thursday afternoon at the Lake Fire.
Stuart Palley for KPCC
The Lake Fire has burned through 15,000 acres since June 17. There have been evacuations and about 500 structures are in the path of the fire.
A stand of trees go torch on the northern flank of the Lake Fire Thursday afternoon.
Stuart Palley for KPCC
The Lake Fire has burned through 15,000 acres since June 17. There have been evacuations and about 500 structures are in the path of the fire.
A burned out portion of the Lake Fire off Jenks Lake Rd in the San Bernardino National Forest Thursday.
Stuart Palley for KPCC
The Lake Fire has burned through 15,000 acres since June 17. There have been evacuations and about 500 structures are in the path of the fire.
Flames burn understory during a burnout operation along Jenks Lake Road Thursday afternoon at the Lake Fire.
Stuart Palley for KPCC
The Lake Fire has burned through 15,000 acres since June 17. There have been evacuations and about 500 structures are in the path of the fire.
A group of trees torches in a drainage Thursday afternoon at the Lake Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest.
Stuart Palley for KPCC
The Lake Fire has burned through 15,000 acres since June 17. There have been evacuations and about 500 structures are in the path of the fire.
A Riverside City firefighter monitors a burnout operation along Jenks Lake Road Thursday afternoon at the Lake Fire.
Stuart Palley for KPCC


The Lake Fire, near Big Bear, has chewed through roughly 15,000 acres and is still only 10 percent contained.

Between 300 and 400 people have been evacuated, and approximately 500 structures are in the path of the flames. 

"We're using our aircraft to the maximum capabilities," Lyn Sieliet, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman, told KPCC. "We're gonna depend on the firefighters on the ground to get into the wilderness areas and cut a line to try and stop the fire."

Over 1,000 firefighters are on the ground in Barton Flats. No injuries have been reported, and no structures have been damaged.