Blazes erupt as heat wave sets in

Wild­fires hit Cas­taic Lake and San Bernardino County.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Brit­tny Me­jia and Rosanna Xia brit­­jia@la­ rosanna.xia@la­

A fast-mov­ing brush fire near Cas­taic Lake had grown to 1,000 acres, while an­other in San Bernardino prompted evac­u­a­tions in one neighborhood Satur­day as much of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia re­mained un­der a heat ad­vi­sory.

The fire near the lake’s recre­ation area prompted a vol­un­tary evac­u­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to Richard Li­con, an in­spec­tor with the L.A. County Fire Depart­ment.

The fire, fu­eled by tall grass, was 10% con­tained and mov­ing into the An­ge­les Na­tional Forest. Three wa­ter-drop­ping he­li­copters were as­sist­ing fire­fight­ers.

Mean­while, a brush fire in the Wright­wood area of San Bernardino County prompted evac­u­a­tions and at least one road clo­sure, of­fi­cials said.

The fire erupted at Zer­matt and Pa­cific Crest drives around 11:50 a.m., said U.S. Forest Ser­vice spokesman Nathan Judy. The fire had burned 10 acres and was 20% con­tained.

“It’s look­ing pretty good right now,” Judy said Satur­day.

The ini­tial dan­ger prompted the evac­u­a­tion of res­i­dents in the area of Pa­cific Crest Drive be­tween Zer­matt and Lone Pine Canyon Road, ac­cord­ing to the San Bernardino County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment.

The Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol also shut down High­way 2 at Wright Moun­tain Road.

Tem­per­a­tures in val­ley and in­land ar­eas through­out the re­gion Satur­day af­ter­noon hov­ered be­tween the mid-80s and low 90s. They are ex­pected to con­tinue to rise through next week as South­ern Cal­i­for­nia goes through a sum­mer heat wave.

A dry high-pres­sure sys­tem cen­tered over Ari­zona and the South­west is to blame for the hot days ahead, fore­cast­ers said.

Desert and moun­tain com­mu­ni­ties will take most of the hit when it comes to the heat. Tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to hover be­tween 120 and 122 de­grees early this week in the Coachella Val­ley and deserts in San Diego County.

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