Officials say they’re most concerned about the Sawtooth fire in San Bernardino County. More than 40-thousand acres have burned and Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ruben Grijalva says things are likely to get worse:
“The conditions right now in the southern California fire are expected temps of 110 degrees and 5% humidity, those are very difficult conditions to work in and so the outlook is that there is a significant threat that the fire will continue to grow.”
He says they’re worried about possible storms with lightning – which sparked the fire to begin with. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in the area. Grijalva says it’s also very possible the Sawtooth fire will merge with a smaller fire – 3600 acres – known as the Millard Complex. Right now there are less than five miles between the two.
Meantime, crews in Northern California continue to fight the Canyon fire in Stanislaus county – which has burned close to 25-thousand acres. Grijalva is quick to point out the state has sufficient resources to contain all of the fires burning right now.