Lake Fire at 50 Percent Containment, SR 38 Reopens

Crews are still battling the Lake Fire, which is now at 50 percent containment

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After destroying more than 30,000 acres and burning for 11 days, the Lake Fire was at 50 percent containment Saturday night.

Fifty-two crews committed to the 30,526 acre fire, that caused damage worth an estimated $21.9 million. The cause of the fire, that started June 17, is under investigation with four injuries reported.

Although Highway 38 was reopened, speed limits were reduced in several areas and access to connecting roadways on the south side of the roadway were limited.

Firefighters worked day and night over the past week to try and get the fire under control. 

Crews left about 3,000 feet of hoses and fire-resistant gear on the northeast portion of the blaze for other firefighters installing a direct line near the perimeter, from the Rainbow area north to Onyx pea, San Bernardino National Forest officials said.

The supplies helped them work safely through the night and improve containment efforts.

Crews continued to build direct and indirect lines to the northeast and east portions of the fire that were uncontained.

Up to 120 firefighters camping near the blaze would be flown out of the area Saturday evening as thunderstorms approached the area. 

Fire officials didn't anticipate significant growth to the fire Saturday, but said smoke would be visible east of the Three Sisters Peaks and south of the wilderness, officia

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