Wildfire in Big Bear Spreads to 950 Acres

A wildfire in Big Bear has spread to around 950 acres prompting closures and calls for optional evacuations. It's about 10% contained as of Tuesday morning according to San Bernardino National Forest officials. 

The U.S. Forest Service says the fire began on Monday afternoon in the San Bernardino Mountains northeast of Big Bear Lake. The fire is not threatening structures, but portions of the Pacific Crest Trail and Highway 18 have been shut down. A few campgrounds, including the Doble Trail Campground and Tanglewood Group Campground have also been closed. 

Holcomb Valley and Baldwin Lake residents have been advised they may want to evacuate, but no mandatory orders have been given. 

The fire is 0% contained as of Tuesday morning. 

Firefighters are using water-dropping helicopters and aircraft to try and direct the fire towards an area that has burned in previous years. The area where the fire broke out is known mostly for camping and is dotted with old, abandoned mines from the gold rush era. 

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