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Sheep Fire grows closer to High Desert, 5% contained

The Sheep Fire broke out Saturday evening in the San Gabriel Mountains.  Nearby Wrightwood is under mandatory evacuation orders.

Update 7:15 p.m. Sunday: A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for all of Wrightwood. Also, from Highway 2 to Mesquite Street, from Hwy. 138 to Sand Canyon and from Wright Mountain Road to Lone Pine Canyon Road.  

The Wrightwood area, with about 4,500 residents is in a forested area of the San Gabriel Mountains on Highway 2 a few miles west of the 138 Freeway,  has been affected by fires before. In 2020, the Bobcat fire burned 115,796 acres and led to evacuation warnings for Piñon Hills and Wrightwood. That fire destroyed 27 residences. 

Red Cross volunteers are manning an evacuation center at Serrano High School located at 9292 Sheep Creek Drive in Phelan.  For more information, call 909-327-3131.

A reported cell phone and internet outage has prompted first responders to go door-to-door telling residents to evacuate, SBC Fire officials reported.

The Sheep Fire broke out Saturday evening in the San Gabriel Mountains.  Nearby Wrightwood is under mandatory evacuation orders.

About 200 firefighters are working to put out the fire. The cause remains under investigation.

Heavy winds up to 40 mph in the mountains could lead the fire to grow even more,  said Mark Moede, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Adding to concern: Hot, dry conditions are expected over the next four days when temperatures will be in the mid to high 90 F, the NWS said.

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