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Vista fire grows to 2,354 acres as Lytle Creek community meeting – Redlands Daily Facts

Smoke rises from the Vista fire as seen from a flight into Los Angeles International Airport on July 9, 2024. The remote location of the fire in the San Bernardino National Forest made it difficult to establish containment lines. (AP Photo/Corinne Chin)

The Vista wildfire burning in the San Bernardino National Forest more than doubled in size overnight, prompting the evacuation of employees at Mt. Baldy resort, the US Forest Service said on Wednesday, July 10.

Nearly 150 structures, mostly cabins owned by the USFS, were listed as at risk from the flames, but the threat was not imminent, said Breanne Vargas, a spokeswoman for incident commanders.

Also Wednesday, the Forest Service announced a community meeting will be held for residents Thursday at 6pm at Lytle Creek Community Center, 14082 Center Road, Lytle Creek.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District on Wednesday extended its smoke advisory to Thursday at 5:00 PM in North Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Tests showed that the air was moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups due to the Vista Fire and the Lake Fire in Santa Barbara County. Residents were asked to stay indoors with closed doors and windows and avoid vigorous physical activity.

The fire stood Wednesday at 2,354 hectares burned with 0% containment. Firefighters had difficulty establishing lines because the flames were burning in a remote area.

But crews made progress in slowing the spread in some areas. On the northwest flank, the fire held in Stockton Flats. A spot fire broke out a mile from the eastern edge, but it was extinguished with water droplets, Wednesday’s update said. The greatest growth was along the south-southeast rim, toward Coldwater Canyon, with an increase of about 1,200 hectares.

Coldwater Canyon is east of Mt. Baldy resort. It was unclear whether the resort would reopen Friday as planned.

Lytle Creek Road remained open north of Glen Helen Parkway to residents only.

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