Brush Fire in Wrightwood Area Causes Mandatory Evacuations

Residents of the Wrightwood area in San Bernardino County were ordered to evacuate Saturday afternoon after a fire broke out.

Homes were evacuated after a fire broke out in Wrightwood on June 17, 2017. (Credit: Ryan / @r_owings1742 via Twitter)

Evacuations were mandatory for those who lived on Pacific Crest Drive between Zermatt Drive and Lone Pine Canyon Road, according to Cindy Bachman, spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The evacuations were lifted around 5:30 p.m.

San Bernardino County fire officials reported the vegetation fire just after 12:15 p.m. at Pacific Crest and Zermatt drives.

Highway 2 at Wright Mountain Road was shut down as a result of the blaze and entry to the area was blocked, Bachman tweeted.

Earlier reports confirmed the fire was holding at 7 acres, but has since grown to 11 acres, according to the Angeles National Forest Twitter page. 

The blaze is currently 20 percent contained, fire officials said. Evacuation centers are scheduled to close at 6 p.m.

Fire danger was high across Southern California on Saturday with excessive heat warnings issued across the region by the National Weather Service.

Temperatures had reached about 86 degrees in Wrightwood by 1:30 p.m., according to Weather.com.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

KTLA’s Mariel Turner and Jessica Pierre-Petido contributed to this report.