The cost of fighting a 17,305-acre wildfire near Big Bear in the San Bernardino National Forest has jumped to $6.8 million, reports The Los Angeles Times.
Battling the Lake fire, which started Wednesday, has required more than 1,900 fire personnel, 50 crews, 131 engines, 16 helicopters and nine fixed-wing aircraft, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center’s incident management situation report.
The fire is the largest fire this year in California’s national forests.
The fire, which is now 21% contained, is burning at a moderate rate in the Barton Flats area, threatening 500 structures and charring trees and grass. The area has not burned in 100 years.
The fire is slowing, according to the U.S. Forest Service, and cooler temperatures this week are expected to help in the firefighting effort.
The low-intensity flames have allowed firefighters to gain ground and effectively attack the fire.
The new fire growth is mostly along the eastern perimeter of the blaze near Coon Creek area. Wind is driving the fire, and burning logs rolling downhill also are spreading flames.
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