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Holcomb fire north of Big Bear at 200 acres and growing

Holcomb fire north of Big Bear at 200 acres and growing

The Holcomb fire, whose size was last estimated at 850 acres, is not threatening any residences, authorities say.

San Bernardin County sheriff's officials said areas also under evacuation were homes around the Big Bear transfer station, also known as "the dump", and Baldwin Lake.

While the cause of the fire is unknown, temperatures in the region Monday hit 89 degrees as a heat wave continued to push through the area.

A fire burning near Holcomb Valley has grown to 200 acres with a rapid rate of spread, according to Nick Bruinsma, assistant fire marshal with Big Bear Fire Department.

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Black smoke is visible above Gold Mountain on the north side of Big Bear Valley toward Baldwin Lake.

The fire started near the Holcomb Valley region and has been dubbed the Holcomb fire. Fire officials said the humidity in the area was low, at 10 percent. Campground closures include Doble Trail and Tanglewood Group Campgrounds. Portions of the highway were also shut down.

In addition to the DC-10, fire officials have ordered seven air tankers, six helicopters and a helitanker to help douse the flames.

Winds of about 5 miles per hour are blowing from the southeast - away from the closest homes - with gusts up to 23 miles per hour, according to a U.S. Forest Service statement.


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