Pines Fire Grows to 200 Acres; Evacuations at Multiple Campgrounds Remain in Place

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Evacuations remained in place at multiple campgrounds near Wrightwood and Big Pines Saturday as firefighters achieved 35 percent containment on the 200-acre Pines Fire.

The Pines Fire was first reported around 9:40 p.m. Friday along the Angeles Crest Highway north of Wrightwood and near Big Pines, according to Inciweb, a multi-agency federal wildfire website. Authorities initially referred to the blaze as the Pine Fire.

Officials reported having 10 percent containment Saturday morning. The blaze grew from 125 to 200 acres by the evening and containment was said to be 35 percent.

More than 300 people were evacuated Friday night - 130 of whom were deaf or partially deaf children camping at Table Mountain and Lion’s campground and 90 Girl Scouts camping at Camp Care.

People who were evacuated were taken to Serrano High School, located at 9292 Sheep Creek Road in Phelan, and animals were taken to the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, located at 14800 Seventh St. in Victorville, said Eric Sherwin with the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

“What is really nice with all the camps that exist on the Angeles and San Bernardino national forests, they do have preplans for fire,” Sherwin said. “So when we do have a fire that threatens any of the camps, we have evacuation programs that are already in place.”

Before the Pines Fire broke out, the evacuation centers had already been established due to the 3,500-acre North Fire.

“We were fortunate that we already had the evacuation center already set up here from the North Fire, so it was very easy to transition those children with as little impact as possible, get them out of harms way and get them to the evacuation center,” Sherwin said.

People were also evacuated from the Apple Tree, Lion, Verdugo and Peavin Camp Grounds on Saturday, according to Inciweb.

Highway 2, also known as Angeles Crest Highway, was reopened after being closed between Wrightwood and Big Pines.

Some 150 firefighters faced heavy timber, steep terrain and “extremely dry conditions” while battling the blaze, Inciweb stated.