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Vista fire reaches 2,354 acres as community meeting held in Lytle Creek – Redlands Daily Facts

Vista fire reaches 2,354 acres as community meeting held in Lytle Creek – Redlands Daily Facts

Smoke from the Vista fire is seen from a plane heading to Los Angeles International Airport on July 9, 2024. The fire’s remote location in the San Bernardino National Forest made it difficult to establish control lines. (AP Photo/Corinne Chin)

The Vista wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest more than doubled in size overnight, prompting evacuations of employees at the Mt. Baldy resort, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday (July 10).

About 150 structures, mostly USFS-owned cabins, are at risk from the flames, but the threat is not imminent, said Breanne Vargas, a spokeswoman for incident commanders.

Also on Wednesday, the Forestry Service announced that a community meeting for residents will be held at the Lytle Creek Community Center (14082 Center Road, Lytle Creek) on Thursday at 6 p.m.

• See also: This map shows the location of the Vista fire burning near Lytle Creek

The South Coast Air Quality Management District on Wednesday extended a smoke advisory for northern Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties through 5 p.m. Thursday. Testing showed the air was moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups due to the Vista fire and the Lake fire in Santa Barbara County. Residents were advised to stay inside with doors and windows closed and avoid strenuous physical activity.

The fire burned at 0% containment on 2,354 acres Wednesday. Firefighters were having difficulty establishing control lines because the flames were burning in a remote area.

But crews were making progress in slowing the spread in some areas. On the northwest flank, the fire was holding on in Stockton Flats. A spot fire had started about a mile from the eastern rim, but it had been extinguished using water drops, Wednesday’s update said. The largest growth was along the south-southeast rim toward Coldwater Canyon, where it had increased by about 1,200 acres.

Coldwater Canyon is east of the Mt. Baldy resort. It is unclear whether the resort will reopen as planned Friday.

Lytle Creek Road remained open to residents only north of Glen Helen Parkway.