Evacuations Underway, Highway 138 Closed Amid Fast-Moving Brush Fire Near Silverwood Lake


Firefighters are battling a fast-moving brush fire that erupted near the entrance of Silverwood Lake in San Bernardino County on Tuesday afternoon, prompting evacuations at the recreational area and forcing the closure of a nearby highway.

A fast-moving brush fire was quickly spreading near Silverwood Lake on July 4, 2017. (Credit: @REYNADOPE / Twitter)

The blaze was ignited by a car fire on Highway 138 at the entrance to Lake Silverwood just before 1:15 p.m., said Eric Sherwin of the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

A short time later, authorities closed a portion of the 138 between Old Mill Road and the Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area “in support of firefighting operations,” the Fire Department tweeted.

The recreational area is also in the process of being evacuated, Sherwin said.

He added that the fire has scorched between 15 to 20 acres, and is spreading rapidly.

It was unclear if any structures were threatened.

County, state and federal units were all on scene, with the San Bernardino National Forest designated as the lead agency, according to Sherwin.

Check back for updates on this developing story. 

KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this story. 

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