View Full Version : First Burro Canyon, Now Lytle Creek is on fire?!?

10-03-2009, 3:52 PM
Just saw a clip on ABC news. 1000 acres gone in lytle creek. Crazy!!!

10-03-2009, 4:20 PM
wtf? i don't see anything about lytle creek or san bernadino forest?

also just went to abc news website and nothing can be found about this. you sure you weren't looking at an old clip?

10-03-2009, 4:29 PM
Nope, called my brother and he saw the same clip.

10-03-2009, 5:02 PM
It's on the ktla5 news right now...

10-03-2009, 5:05 PM
how close is it to the range??? CRAAAAAAAAP

10-03-2009, 5:16 PM
So much for shooting on Monday morning :*(

10-03-2009, 5:33 PM
saw the smoke from Walnut/City of Industry area, and wondered where it was.

By PE News on October 3, 2009 6:09 PM | Comments (0)
Between 50 and 100 people left the community of Lytle Creek today as a fast-moving wildland fire scorched more than 1,000 acres and forced road closures, officials said.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered in the Happy Jack and Swarthout Canyon areas of the small community of about 900 people northwest of Fontana. Voluntary evacuations were called for in the rest of Lytle Creek.

Highway 138 was closed from Interstate 15 to Hess Road and from the Mormon Rocks to Highway 2, officials said.

The blaze began at 2:11 p.m. near Sheep Creek Road in a hilly area covered with chaparral brush, said Melody Lardner, a spokeswoman with the forest service.

Firefighters had no containment as of late afternoon, she said.

Authorities were asking evacuees to take livestock animals to the rodeo grounds in Devore near Glen Helen Park and smaller animals to the San Bernardino County Animal Shelter in Devore at 19777 Shelter Way.

The Red Cross is preparing evacuation shelters for residents although no location has been announced yet.

Veronica Garcia, 29, director of the Victory Outreach Christian recovery home, was among those evacuated.

"I didn't think it was real," she said. "You try not to think the worst."

The fire was about a mile from the Firing Line shooting range northwest of Lytle Creek. Larry St. John, who runs the range, said the fire spread quickly.

"My friend called and said 'J-Bud, anyone call you about the fire yet?' I said, what fire?"
Shooters at the range were sent away minutes later.

"I've been watching big (air) tankers go over my head," said St. John, who lives at the range. "I think they're getting it under control. But if it flames up, I'm gone."

they even had to move command post
By PE News on October 3, 2009 6:24 PM | Comments (0)
Fire officials have moved the command post for the brush fire near Lytle Creek because of approaching flames. The command post is where those in charge of fighting the fire map strategy and where the fire crews assemble, sleep and eat.

10-03-2009, 6:56 PM
I live in fontana and noticed the smoke earlier this afternoon. I thought I was closer, but the map shows that I am 20 miles away.

10-03-2009, 6:57 PM
Well looking at other new sites, and sounds like the range is safe, since the fire is burning north-west away from the range, and the road itself leading to the range hasnt been damaged.

10-03-2009, 7:12 PM
Friend and I were shooting there this afternoon. My buddies rifle scope rings decided to strip out so we left earlier than planned. It was probably 1:45 when we packed up and left. Headed out, went to bass pro shops to make an exchange. We were inside no more than 30 minutes. Came outside, Huge plume of smoke coming from Lytle Creek.

The range was full when we left...

10-03-2009, 7:23 PM
Damn I had plans to go there tomorrow!

10-03-2009, 8:25 PM

10-03-2009, 10:07 PM
damn....... this fire season sucks for shooting outdoors

10-03-2009, 10:26 PM
Is it me, or does it seem like every year when hunting season opens,, A WILD FIRE!! I know hunting season is hot, but cmon, every fricken year, D11 D13 etc, always on fire and usually weeks before the opener. Makes me wonder:rolleyes: if anti hunters would go to that extreme. I wonder if they rather the forest burn than to see us hunters harvesting critters!!

10-03-2009, 11:00 PM
could be or that hunting season just starts in a really bad time when brush is dry and winds are high

10-04-2009, 4:40 PM
So what happened today? Was Lytle Creek closed? How about WEGC?

10-04-2009, 5:20 PM
This situation sux for a lot of us....

Mail Clerk
10-04-2009, 6:25 PM
Just saw a clip on ABC news. 1000 acres gone in lytle creek. Crazy!!!

Yeah, Lytle Creek is burning today as I saw it on the morning news. I guess my shooting days are shot for the year. All I hope for is Inland Fish n' Game opening up again soon. Any word about this range???:confused:

Mail Clerk

10-05-2009, 2:10 PM
West End Gun Club is also in Lytle Creek, but its a private range. Not sure if thats still open. My friend is a member and has taken me there before. Its not in the mountains like lytle creek public range, its at the foothill of the mountain so it might be safe.

10-07-2009, 11:26 AM
Let's look at the positive side: at least firearms were not involved in these fires starting!!

10-07-2009, 1:30 PM
I just spoke with Jeff, the manager of Lytle Creek Range. He is the gentleman I worked with in setting up the shoot a week ago and he is a real nice guy.

He said the Fire Service will be contacting him this Friday to let him know whether they can open for the weekend. He should know by Friday after 3pm and he said it looks good.

The range itself wasn't burnt, but the FS want to be sure the weather will be safe for them to open.

If anyone is interested in shooting there this weekend and wants to know for sure if they are open, he told me I can post his number here for you to call. Remember, he won't know until after 3pm on Friday, so you should probably wait until about 4 to be safe.

His number is 951-637-0978.

10-09-2009, 9:49 AM
Thanks for the info 'retired.' Had the pleasure of meeting Jeff as well- great guy.

Here is the latest update from Dan, who is the range master at WEGC.

As of 11:41AM October 7, 2009 the road closure to the range has been lifted. Members can now access the range without restriction.

Dan Carpenter

Jon Se
10-10-2009, 2:42 PM
Does anyone have a status update on Lytle Creek? I gave their front office a few calls and didn't get through.

Jon Se
10-10-2009, 3:04 PM
Actually I just got through to Jeff, it seems like the forest service will give him an update on Wednesday of next week.

10-11-2009, 8:32 AM
so the range is still closed?

Jon Se
10-13-2009, 2:04 PM
so the range is still closed?


Jon Se
10-16-2009, 10:34 AM
Lytle Creek is back open!

10-16-2009, 10:55 AM
Thanks Joe for the update.