Fire in the Mountains: Holcomb Fire Burns Near Big Bear

The Holcomb Fire in Big Bear is seen in video recorded by witness Jack Libby

Evacuations are being reported in the First and Third street areas.

The U.S. Forest Service says the blaze broke out amid dry air and blazing heat at about 3 p.m. Monday northeast of Big Bear.

The cause is under investigation.

In what was the hottest day of the year so far in the mountains, two firefighters suffered heat-related injuries as the blaze spread across an estimated 850 acres, officials said.

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A Disaster Animal Relocation Team was mobilized Monday to help people trying to evacuate large or small animals, according to Holly McMillan, a member of the volunteer team.

The flames moved closer to Highway 18, which is closed between Baldwin Lake and Mitsubishi Plant roads, Bribiescas said. WATCH: Wild fire near Big Bear chars 950 acres There are voluntary evacuations in place for homes around the Big Bear transfer station, also known as "the dump", and Baldwin Lake, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said. The Pacific Crest Trail was closed west of Highway 18, as well as Van Dunsen Road and Holcomb Valley Road East at Highway 18.

Fire crews received assistance from seven air tankers and six helicopters, according to officials with the San Bernardino National Forest. The alert was issued for 2 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. There are now 7 air tankers, 5 helicopters, and 1 dozer, plus multiple engines.

An information line has been set up for the fire at 909-383-5688.

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