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Butler 2 Update – 2:40 PM

Green Valley Lake, CA – Sheriff’s deputies and volunteers are preparing to assist with an evacuation of portions of Green Valley Lake. Areas to the east of the lake — between the lake and the fire — are being evacuated. An evacuation center is being established at Rim of the World High School in Crest Park.

As of 2:07 pm, the fire has also reportedly reached the edge Fawnskin, which is under a mandatory evacuation. Resources are in place to perform structure protection.

Northwest of Fawnskin, firefighters have managed to save the YMCA Camp Whittle from the approaching flames. Firefighters are on scene applying foam to the building and perimeter of the camp. So far, no structures have been lost or damaged. Authorities are trying to communicate to dozens of hikers, rock climbers, miners, and other civilians in the Holcomb Valley to alert them to be prepared to evacuate.

Highway 18 has been closed at Highway 330 in Running Springs to all eastbound traffic. Traffic throughout the Running Springs are is very congested.

A wind shift that occurred shortly before noon prompted officials to issue a mandatory evacuation for the Fawnskin area. Structure protection crews are in place in Fawnskin if the fire approaches the community. At around 12:30 PM, there was a single report of a possible looter trying to gain access to a residence on Fawnskin Drive in Fawnskin.

The Butler Fire is burning to the north and north east in heavy timber and brush. The fire is a very dynamic situation and is changing rapidly. Fire crews will be staging in Green Valley Lake and Apple Valley. Heavy DC-10 air tankers are now on scene and large numbers of strike teams are en route at this time. Fire officials advise all mountain residents to stay alert and follow the situation closely.

The Butler 2 Fire experienced active burning throughout the night. According to [http://www.inciweb.org/incident/989/ InciWeb], 4,000 acres have burned in brush and timber with no containment. Just after midnight, State Route 18 closed between Snow Valley and the Big Bear Dam. Motorists can access Big Bear via State Route 38 through Mentone or Highway 18 through Lucerne Valley.

Single-digit and low teen relative humidity and winds at 15 to 20 miles per hour out of the south, provided an atmosphere for explosive fire growth. Fire officials may be planning on bringing in the DC-10 supertanker today. Around midnight, the relative humidity had dropped as low as 2% according to scanner chatter. The fire is expected to grow substantially today. No communities are currently threatened or evacuated. However, various campsites, trails, and campgrounds in the Hanna Flats and Holcomb Valley area have been evacuated.

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