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7-acre Zermatt fire forces evacuation of Wrightwood neighborhood

By in Press Enterprise on June 17, 2017

By Alex Groves

WRIGHTWOOD >>A residential area of Wrightwood was evacuated Saturday afternoon as Forest Service and San Bernardino County firefighters worked to get a vegetation fire under control.

The fire, which has been dubbed the Zermatt fire, is burning on Lone Pine Canyon Road in the San Gabriel Mountains, confirmed Ryan Vaccaro, a San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman

He said firefighters from his agency would be working to mitigate threats to structures and assisting the Angeles National Forest. The evacuations are for Pacific Crest Drive between Zermatt Drive and Lone Pine Canyon Road as well as for residents east of Pacific Crest Drive.

Angeles National Forest spokesman Nathan Judy says the Saturday fire led to a mandatory evacuation of roughly five homes in the community of Wrightwood. He says crews were able to clear brush surrounding the fire to stop its spread and that it appeared they had a handle on it.

He says the fire should be contained at around 7 acres and that no homes have been damaged.

Roads in the immediate area were closed. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Cindy Bachman wrote that no entry was allowed on Highway 2 at Wright Mountain Road.

It’s unclear how the fire started.

This story is developing. Check back for details.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Fire in the east end of Wrightwood pic.twitter.com/Fi31TmmQYB

— Ryan (@r_owings1742) June 17, 2017

@SanBernardinoNF firefighters are assisting the @Angeles_NF with the Zermatt Fire in the Wrightwood Area. @CALFIREBDU @SBCOUNTYFIRE

— San Bernardino NF (@SanBernardinoNF) June 17, 2017

Decided to visit my parents in Wrightwood this weekend… #somanyashes #havetostayindoors #fireseasonishere pic.twitter.com/JktfGigeMZ

— Danell (@DanellD) June 17, 2017

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