Terrain Satellite
2.4 mi
ENE of Cherry Valley, CA
Last Updated:
18 mins, 42 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Friday, July 31, 2020 6:03 PM PDT
Fire Unit:
US Forest Service — San Bernardino National Forest
Dispatch Notes:

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 3 weeks ago

Incident Photo for the Apple Fire

Current Situation: The Apple Fire is calm and 95% contained. Working in extreme heat and steep terrain, firefighters continue to focus on monitoring, patrolling and suppression repair. Within the Apple Fire’s perimeter, pockets of burning vegetation may generate occasional light smoke. Many firefighters, equipment and aircraft have been assigned to other wildfires in California and the west.

Recently burned areas are at a greater risk of mudflows and flash floods. Fires eliminate vegetation that can hold soil in place and charred ground may be unable to absorb water. Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) efforts are focused on the protection of human life, safety, and property. Rapid burn assessments identify areas that have increased potential for floods and mudflows. For more information, please visit the Apple Post-Fire BAER InciWeb page.

Incident Summary: The Apple Fire was started in Cherry Valley CA on July 31, 2020, due to a malfunctioning diesel vehicle. Due to dry vegetation and southwest winds, the wildfire quickly spread, eventually causing evacuations and reaching 33,424 acres total. At the height of the fire, over 2,800 personnel responded and assisted on the incident. Much of the northern and eastern sections of the wildfire burned on very steep, rugged wilderness mountains that were not accessible to firefighting vehicles. Firefighters earned 90% containment by August 14, and management was turned over to the San Bernardino National Forest. The Forest Service is focused on suppression, suppression repair and monitoring while continuing to work towards 100% containment. This will be the final Apple Fire written update unless there are significant new changes in fire behavior.

Safety Message: Signing up for your county emergency alert system is an easy and potentially life-saving action. These systems help public safety officials to provide critical updates, such as evacuation notifications, as quickly as possible. The alert system can help prepare and notify residents in the event of a mudflow or flood. 


San Bernardino County Residents

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Riverside County Residents



It is still early in the Southern California fire season. Now is the time to prepare defensible space around your home. Defensible space is needed to slow the spread of wildfire and protect the firefighters defending homes in your neighborhood. These efforts can preserve firefighting resources, reduce the need for firefighters to move throughout the country, and minimize exposure to and transmission of COVID-19 among incident personnel and communities served. You can learn more about defensible space at the CAL FIRE website Ready for Wildfire.

Closures: The San Gorgonio Wilderness is closed to all use until further notice. The order prohibits all entry into the San Gorgonio Wilderness and some adjacent areas. Additionally, all Forest Service recreation areas in the Forest Falls area are closed.

Fire restrictions have increased across the San Bernardino National Forest
. Please refer to the Forest web page at https://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf for additional details.

A portion of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is closed to all traffic between the Cottonwood Trailhead, near the community of San Gorgonio and Forest Road 1N01 (Pipes Canyon Road).

There is a temporary flight restriction over the fire and vicinity. It is illegal to fly drones within the restricted area. Remember, “When you fly, we can’t”.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Human Caused
Date of Origin:
Friday July 31st, 2020 approx. 05:00 PM
Oak Glen / Cherry Valley CA
Incident Commander:
USFS, M. Ahearn; CALFIRE-BDU/RRU, T. Hopkins
33.998, -116.933
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Monday August 17th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Chaparral (6 feet)
Tall Grass (2.5 feet)
Significant Events:

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Keep the fire within the IR fire perimeter.
Projected Incident Activity:
Fire is holding at the ridgetop in Branch III. Division R and T are showing little movement towards Hell for Sure Canyon. Southeast flank of the fire, in Division X/Y, the fire progression is holding within the containment lines. Branch VII containment lines are all holding.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Public and Media
Email: 2020.apple@firenet.gov
Phone: 909-382-2711
Fire Unit Information
San Bernardino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
602 S. Tippecanoe Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Dispatch Contact

Federal Interagency Communication Center | San Bernardino, CA
Phone: 909-383-5652
Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sbnf/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=stelprdb5165957