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Brush fire breaks out near Big Bear ski resort; evacuations ordered

The Summit Fire burns near Big Bear, CA as bystanders talk with officials manning a roadblock Sunday afternoon. 

The Summit Fire burns near Big Bear, CA Sunday afternoon August 23, 2015. The fire burned 100 acres and was 30% contained by nightfall. The blaze led to evacuations and threatened 500 homes.
The Summit Fire burns near Big Bear, CA as bystanders talk with officials manning a roadblock Sunday afternoon. The Summit Fire burns near Big Bear, CA Sunday afternoon August 23, 2015. The fire burned 100 acres and was 30% contained by nightfall. The blaze led to evacuations and threatened 500 homes.
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The Summit Fire burns near Big Bear, CA as bystanders talk with officials manning a roadblock Sunday afternoon. 

The Summit Fire burns near Big Bear, CA Sunday afternoon August 23, 2015. The fire burned 100 acres and was 30% contained by nightfall. The blaze led to evacuations and threatened 500 homes.
The Summit Fire burns near Snow Summit Ski Resort in Big Bear.
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The Summit Fire burns near Big Bear, CA as bystanders talk with officials manning a roadblock Sunday afternoon. 

The Summit Fire burns near Big Bear, CA Sunday afternoon August 23, 2015. The fire burned 100 acres and was 30% contained by nightfall. The blaze led to evacuations and threatened 500 homes.
A fire broke out Sunday near Snow Summit Ski Resort.
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Update: 3:50 p.m.: Roads closed, evacuations ordered

The Summit Fire in Big Bear has torched 75 acres and forest roads 2N06 (Radford), 1N54 (Clarks Grade), and 2N93 (Wildhorse) are now closed, according to an incident alert from the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF). 

Forest Road 2N10 (Skyline) is also closed from Clubview Drive to Mill Creek Road.

Evacuations remain in effect from Knickerbocker Road east to Georgia Road and south of Pennsylvania Road to the forest boundary, according to the U.S. Forest Service's InciWeb system.

An evacuation center is being set up at the Big Bear Convention Center located at the intersection of Big Bear Boulevard and Division Road, according to an alert from San Bernardino National Forest.

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1:42 p.m.: Brush fire breaks out near Big Bear ski resort

A 20-acre brush fire erupted near Snow Summit Ski Resort in Big Bear Sunday afternoon and mandatory evacuations were ordered in the area, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Evacuations were in effect from Knickerbocker Road east to Georgia Road and south of Pennsylvania Road to the forest boundary, according to the U.S. Forest Service's InciWeb system. Hikers and bikers have been evacuated from Snow Summit, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Carol Underhill said.

The Summit Fire was first reported at 12:25 p.m. and three water tankers are on scene to help in the firefight, according to Underhill. Crews from 12 engines are fighting the blaze on the ground.

The fire is currently burning south of Big Bear Lake and crews are in place to defend structures at Snow Summit if necessary, Underhill said.

"It’s burning away from structures as it burns uphill, so that's the good news," Underhill said.

Recreational users of Snow Summit have been evacuated but no residential evacuations have been ordered, Underhill said. At this time of year, the ski lifts are mostly used by bikers and hikers, she said.

The U.S. Forest Service says the fire is burning "with a moderate rate of spread in moderate to heavy fuels." The temperature in the area is listed as 80 degrees with 15 percent humidity and 10 mph winds blowing from the north.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This story has been updated.