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article imageSan Bernardino wildfire triples in size overnight to 4,500 acres

By Karen Graham     Aug 8, 2016 in Environment
As of August 8, 2016, wildfires in California have consumed 145 square miles of the state. A fire that started Sunday in the San Bernardino mountains has already grown to 7.0 square miles after tripling in size overnight.
A brush fire that started on Sunday in the San Bernardino National Forest near Pilot Rock Ridge above Sherwood Lake, tripled in size overnight, consuming 7.0 square miles of extremely dry vegetation. The wildfire has been dubbed the Pilot Fire.
Hundreds of firefighters, aided by 16 aircraft have battled the blaze that is sending smoke plumes across the Mojave Desert to as far away as Las Vegas. The wildfire is located about 60 miles east of Los Angeles burning on the northern side of the mountain range. As of Monday morning, the fire had been about 5.0 percent contained.
San Bernardino Sun
The San Bernardino Sun reported earlier today that the smoke clouds over the fire seemed to be growing, lending some credence to the latest forecast that called for winds strengthening to 30mph or more this afternoon.
No structures have been burned and no injuries have been reported as the fire continues on its northerly path from the mountains toward the High Desert. The heavy blanket of thick smoke has cut visibility to the point that it is almost impossible to see the mountains, and the ash from the fire is covering everything in a fine layer of gray.
Air quality advisories are in effect for Clark County and as far away as southern Nevada as people in high-risk groups are being advised to stay indoors. The advisory includes young children, senior citizens and people with respiratory problems and cardiac disease, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Soberanes Fire is California s largest wildfire this year.
The Soberanes Fire is California's largest wildfire this year.
Mark C. Anderson
In the meantime, California's biggest wildfire, the Soberanes Fire, burning along the central coast, has grown to over 94 square miles in size north of the Big Sur region. Over 5,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, aided by tankers and helicopters. Progress is being made, slowly but surely as the 18-day-old fire is now 45 percent contained.
The San Bernardino National Forest is one of five state parks that have been closed to visitors along Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles because of the heightened alert for wildfires.
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