Slowly but surely, firefighters are making progress against a 5-day-old forest fire in the San Bernardino mountains north of Big Bear Lake. The 2 and a half square mile blaze is 65% contained as of Friday morning according to San Bernardino National Forest officials.
Air tankers and helicopters have been working non-stop since the fire broke out on June 19th in the Holcomb Valley area. More than 1,200 firefighters from multiple agencies have been battling the blaze in hot, dry weather, but forecasters are predicting some slight cooling for the area, assisting firefighter's efforts to douse the fire.
At least 1,500 acres have been scorched by the fire according to fire officials. Highway 18, which has seen closures over the last five days, was re-opened on Friday morning with no restrictions.
A cause for the fire is currently under investigation.