LAKE ARROWHEAD - Residents of this mountain golf course community hosed down their homes on Monday and gathered up their pets as they watched the fire consume other homes around them.
At least three homes on Brentwood Drive were in ruins by about 2:30 p.m. except for their chimneys and the stone steps leading down to Grass Valley Lake.

"We got notified at 10:30 a.m. to leave because the fire was too close," said Mark Quantucy, a resident of nearby Crest Park who was watching the fire from across the lake.

The San Bernardino County fire crew of Engine 22 out of Spring Valley Lake was holding a line in Lake Arrowhead at the corner of Brentwood and Trinity drives.

"It's going to be a long night," said Capt. Mike O'Bier, his red bandana pulled over his mouth. "So we're just trying to stay hydrated and do our best to stop this."

Two fires began Monday morning in the San Bernardino Mountains near Green Valley Lake and Lake Arrowhead, threatening about 1,900 homes, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The Slide Fire near Lake Arrowhead started at 8 a.m. and has burned more than 600 acres and about 128 homes.

The 200-acre Grass Valley fire started just after 5 a.m.

A procession of cars headed west on Rim of the World Highway Monday afternoon as winds howled and smoke accumulated like a gathering storm.

As of 1:15 p.m., the Forest Service had no containment on the fires and did not have a count of how many structures have been burned. The causes of the fires are currently unknown.
The fires have forced mandatory evacuations and a curfew in the communities of North Lake Arrowhead, Cedar Glen, South Lake Arrowhead, Twin Peaks/Rim Forest, Green Valley Lake, Arrowbear Lake and Running Springs.

Highway 18 is closed from Big Bear Dam to 40 Street in San Bernardino, Highway 330 is closed completely down to Highland and Highway 138 is closed going into Crestline, but not going out.

Crestline was in a unique situation - with only a voluntary evacuation - but residents unable to return home because of road closures.

Some residents begged California Highway Patrol officers to let them through to retrieve elderly parents, but to no avail. The road remained closed Monday evening.

According to a dispatch operator, residents of Crestline will be notified by officers going door to door if a forced evacuation takes effect.

"It's my understanding that the winds are still going to be an issue through the night," said Jodi Miller, spokeswoman with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Evacuation centers have been established at the Orange Show Fairgrounds located on Arrowhead south of Mill Street in San Bernardino and at the Church of Latter-day Saints in San Bernardino. The Red Cross has closed a previous evacuation center at the Jerry Lewis Center in Highland. There has also been a center set up at Building Three in Victorville at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds.

Out of Victorville, the 12,000-gallon DC-10 supertanker known as the 10 Tanker went to work Monday afternoon, making two drops on the Harris Fire in San Diego County and two drops on the Rice Fire at I-15 in Riverside County.

"It was late this afternoon, that's when the wind started sitting down a little bit," said Mike Jarvis, a spokesman for CALFIRE.

Associated Press reported the air tanker was back in the air fighting the Arrowhead fires by early evening. The DC-10 quickly went to work laying down a huge curtain of flame retardant.
Barely a month has passed since the Butler 2 Fire burned 13,825 acres near Big Bear Lake and forced evacuations at Fawnskin and Green Valley Lake.

For information or to request welfare checks on residents, call county sheriff's dispatch at (909) 387-8313.