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Apple Fire Incident, Riverside County (SoCal)

SUMMARY as of AUG 2.


The Apple Fire has burned over 20,516 acres and has no containment. Much of the northern and eastern edge of the fire is in very steep, rugged hillsides which is not accessible to firefighting vehicles. Firefighters will continue to work to slow the spread of the fire using all resources available including helicopters, fixed wing air tankers, ground equipment and hand-crews. A Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered to assume command of the fire.

Current resources on the fire include 20 hand-crews, 6 Helicopters, 178 Engines, and 19 Water Tenders. A number of air tankers are available to the fire as well. There are also a number of unfilled resource orders, and a number of resources responding which are not yet on-scene.

Fire activity is expected to remain high today, with active fire in most areas of the fire. Weather will remain similar to the past few days, with a high pressure ridge creating hot, dry conditions. Temps should be a couple degrees cooler than yesterday, with low humidity.

Several evacuation orders have been ordered.

For Riverside County Residents, please visit for an interactive map that will allow you to enter your address to see if you are in an evacuation area. You can also follow to receive updated information as evacuations change.

The San Gorgonio Wilderness has been Closed to All Use. Effective August 2, 2020 an Emergency Forest Closure Order is in effect which prohibits all entry into the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area. This order also includes the Pacific Crest Hiking Trail between the Forest Boundary and Forest Road 1N01.

All Forest Service recreation areas in the Forest Fall area are closed due to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department’s Voluntary Evacuation Order.

While the Smoke Column from the Apple Fire is visible from much of Southern California, there are a couple of Camera Feeds that look at the San Gorgonio Peak / Apple Fire Area.
Reche Peak Cam:
Toro Peak Cam:
Elsinore Cam:


The San Bernardino National Forest is a federally-managed forest covering more than 800,000 acres (3,200 km²). There are two main divisions which are the San Bernardino Mountains on the easternmost of the Transverse Range, and the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains on the northernmost of the Peninsular Range. Elevations range from 2,000 to 11,499 feet (600 to 3505 m). The forest includes several wilderness areas, the larger being the San Gorgonio and San Jacinto. This National Forest is managed by the USDA Forest Service. Forest headquarters are located in the city of San Bernardino.