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UPDATED: Evacuation Orders/Warnings Lifted as Firefighters Mop-up Pine Fire Near Pinon Hills, Llano

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About 35-45 minutes after the start of the Pine Fire it had grown to 40 acres.

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UPDATE – May 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am – Cal Fire is reporting, as of 10:00 am the Pine Fire is 55% contained and has burned 450 acres. All evacuation orders have been lifted as of 9:00am today (May 14, 2021)

UPDATE – May 12, 2021 @ 9:15 pm – EVACUATION ORDERS & WARNINGS LIFTED Per Cal Fire & LACO Fire, except for a small number of homes west of Jubilee Road. Highway 138 between Oasis Rd. and 263rd St remains closed except for residents.

UPDATE – MAY 12, 2021 @ 8:30 pm: LA County Fire reports approximate acreage is 450 acres with 15% containment. Highway 138 remains closed 5.6 miles east of the junction of State Route 18 at 263rd Street to 1.1 miles east of the Los Angeles/San Bernardino County line at Oasis Rd. Evacuation orders and warnings are still in place.

The Pine Fire is currently burning in foothills near Pinon Hills and Llano. As of 6:30 pm, LA County Fire reports that 180 acres have burned with 10% containment, and the forward progress of the fire has been stopped. Fire crews and aircraft remain on the fire though most likely will be called off as the sun sets in the western sky.

Mandatory evacuations remain in place east of Jubilee Rd., west of Mountain Road, south of Highway 138, and north of Tamarack. Evacuation warnings have been issued for east of Soledad Rd, west of Oasis Road, south of Goss Road, and north of Hwy 138.

An Evacuation Center has been opened at Serrano High School, 9292 Sheep Creek Road in Phelan, CA. 92371. The LA County Animal Care & Control Department has opened an evacuation center for large and small animals. Evacuees can take small animals to the Palmdale Animal Care Center, 38550 Sierra Hwy, Palmdale, CA 93550, and large animals can be taken to the AV Fairgrounds at 2551 W Avenue H, Lancaster, CA 93536.

At about 1:30 pm on May 12, 2021, the Pine Fire started in the Pinon Hills/Llano area. Officially reported as starting near Hwy 138 and 248th St in Pinon Hills, another fire start location was Jubilee Rd. and 263rd St E. The fire immediately grew to 15 acres, with structures threatened. Winds continued to blow east southeast as the fire raced along the desert floor towards densely populated areas of Pinon Hills. Aircraft and additional resources were requested to help fight, and soon aircraft were laying Phos-Chek, and choppers were dumping water.

By 3:00 pm, the fire had grown to 140 acres with the potential for 300 acres. Incident Command ordered additional aircraft. A command post was established at Station 13, located on Mountain Road in Pinon Hills, a vacant station mostly used for training. Winds were 10-15 miles per hour out of the south, with reports of a trailer burned and several homes threatened. ABC7 new reports that one house is fully involved.

Around 4:00 pm, mandatory evacuations are ordered south of Hwy 138 to Pine View Rd. and Buchanan Road east to Smoke Tree Rd. Three structures have no been burned.

This article will be updated as new information come in.

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