Holcomb fire north of Big Bear at 200 acres and growing

The fire was reported just after 3 p.m. Monday off Holcomb Valley Road north of Highway 18 and spread rapidly, first to the northwest and then to the north, creating a burn area shaped like a genie rising out of a bottle.

Two firefighters suffered minor heat-related injuries during the initial attack phase, officials said. But as of 7:34 p.m. PDT, fire officials said not even one percent of the blaze had been contained.

The cause is under investigation.

People in the tiny communities of Holcomb and Baldwin Lake have been told they may want to evacuate, but no mandatory orders were issued. The road to the Big Bear Transfer Station is closed but all other roadways remain open, however, fire equipment is moving around Highway 18 to Lucerne Valley so travel in that vicinity is not recommended. WATCH: Wild fire near Big Bear chars 950 acres There are voluntary evacuations in place for homes around the Big Bear transfer station, also known as "the dump", and Baldwin Lake, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said.

Temperatures in the area reached 85 degrees as a heat wave continues to sear the Southland. Six water-dropping helicopters and eight air tankers were being utilized.

The Pacific Crest Trail was closed between Highway 18 and Van Dusen Road.

InciWeb, the government's Incident Information Sytem, said on its website the smoke from the fire could directly affect portions of the Eastern San Bernardino Mountains.

  • Larry Hoffman