Old Fire

San Bernardino National Forest
Initial Start 10-25-03

Fire Maps

 Heroic Actions of Firefighters
Save Thousands of Homes

 "Arson Wanted Poster"


CHP Dispatch History

Old Fire final update 11-14-03


Significant Events:
Complete fire suppression and rehabilitation continues in regards to smoldering stumps, and snags. Continue mop up operations, isolate smoking stumps, snags, and logs, patrol fire perimeter.

San Bernardino County As repairs from the Grand Prix Fire and Old Fire continue around the clock, necessary road closures for public safety will remain in effect during the re-entry process.

On October 27, 2003, President Bush declared a major disaster for the State of California, triggering the release of federal funds to help people and communities recover from the Wildfires that occurred October 21, 2003, and continuing. Toll-free Teleregistration number for disaster victims: 1-800-621-FEMA,   TTD 1-800-462-7585. FEMA Disaster Assistance
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San Bernardino County Property Tax Relief for Fire Victims Click Here

Acres 91,281 acres
Red Cross
Online Donation Form Click Here 
American Red Cross Home Page Click Here
Residents in Old Fire areas call: Inland Empire Red Cross 909-888-1481
Residents in Grand Prix Fire areas call: Inland Valley Red Cross  909-986-6651
For any fire Red Cross Toll Free: 1-866-GET-INFO
Blood Need Due to the fires surrounding San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, there is an urgent need for blood. The Blood Bank has had to cancel a number of scheduled blood drives due to the evacuation of the areas that these blood drives were going to be held. In addition, due to the problems with air travel, they have been unable to fly in blood from other areas. You can also make a blood donation at any of the donor centers located throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. If you would like any additional information, please contact the Blood Bank at 1-800-879-4484.
Boil Water Boil Water Order....
Due to the recent fire, the California Department of Health services, in
conjunction with the San Bernardino County Health Department and East Valley
Water District are advising all residents of the following service areas:
North of Foothill and Piedmont Drive between Manzanita Drive on the West and
Willow Drive on the East. San Manuel Indian Reservation, all residents
living along Victoria Avenue, north of Indian Service Road to use boiled tap
water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety
precaution. All tap water used for drinking or cooking should be boiled
rapidly for at least one minute. This is the preferred method to assure that
the water is safe to drink. 
Cause Arson (see CHP Dispatch Log - see 9:59 am postings)
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is leading the arson investigation, which because of the deaths has been elevated to a murder investigation. The department has released an artist's sketch of one of the suspects based on witness accounts. He is a white male in his early to mid 20s who was traveling in a 2000 or 2001 light gray Chevrolet or Dodge van with a full rear window. The fire was set on Saturday morning on Old Waterman Canyon Road.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Sgt. Bobby Dean with the Sheriff's Department Homicide Detail at (909) 387-3589 or toll-free at 1-866-346-7632.
Closures Subject to change at any time.
Caltrans road conditions:  Click here
Caltrans (SB-Riverside) CMS messages - CCTV cameras: Click here
Current Inland Empire CHP Dispatch info: Click here
For the most up-to-date road closure information, please call:
909-383-4359 (8:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.)
909-383-4631 (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) 
Concerns The fire is burning in an area that has heavy brush and timber and is steep, rugged and inaccessible.
Containment 100 % containment.
Cost To Date $42,045,093
Damage Structure Loss: 993 homes destroyed, 35 homes damaged, 10 commercial properties destroyed 

Status of Your Property call 866-854-3700.

If you wish to learn whether your property has been damaged by the fires, a list is being compiled and kept by the San Bernardino County Assessor's Office. Please Call the County Assessor's Office at 866-854-3700, or Visit the County Fire Emergency Local Assistance Center at San Bernardino International Airport at 105 N. Leland Norton Way in San Bernardino. 

Structural Assessment call 909-387-3089.

If you wish to have your property damage inspected and structurally assessed by the County of San Bernardino, please: Call County Building and Safety at 909-387-3089, or Visit the County Fire Emergency Local Assistance Center at San Bernardino International Airport at 105 N. Leland Norton Way in San Bernardino. County Building and Safety is compiling a list of properties in the fire areas to inspect.

Behavioral Health reps will be present for anyone needing emotional support. Those preferring to call for information may contact the FELAC at 866-854-3700.

Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance
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The State of California Insurance Commissioner has established an
information line for the public to use for questions on insurance-related
matters. The toll-free number is 1-800-927-HELP. Information is also
available on the Internet at www.insurance.ca.gov
Donations to California Disaster Relief
Equipment Hand Crew: 11, Helicopters: 4, Engines: 16
Flight Restrictions FAA FAR (Federal Aviation Regulation) 91.137 has been placed around the fire area restricting non-fire related aircraft movement. The restriction will remain in place until all fire activity ceases.
Fuel Heavy brush, grass with timber component in upper reaches of watershed.
Incident Command Initial Incident Commander: Mick McCormick
Overhead Team Name: Mortier Type: 1
11-5-03: CIIMT 5 (Cable) assumed command at 1800 . OLD and GRAND PRIX incidents are being managed from OLD ICP at DFAS (Norton). CA-BDF-10329
 Injuries 6 civilian deaths are attributable to this incident. 12 injuries
Latitude:34 10 42"
Longitude:117 16 42"

Fire origin was on Old Waterman Road & Hwy 18
Observed Fire Behavior Smoldering. Some smokes in heavy fuels, stumps and snags.
Personnel 264
Priorities To provide for public and firefighter safety and protection of property.
Keep the public informed about fire activity and evacuations.
Minimize the impact of fire suppression efforts on the forest.
More information can be obtained at 909-386-2413 or by visiting
San Bernardino County Schools Closure Information

Rim of the World Unified district will re-open on November 17th.
More information can be obtained at (909) 386-2413 or by visiting website listed above.
Residents returning to their homes should be prepared to have no utilities or sanitation available. It is recommended that all residents take flashlights, portable radios, batteries, and drinking water with them to their houses. Do not use candles or other sources of open flame for light or heat due to the inherent fire danger associated with these items. Charcoal barbeques are not to be used as a heat source due to the lethal amounts of carbon monoxide that can build up inside a home. Each resident needs to be prepared for winter driving conditions, so have snow chains, blankets, and water inside each vehicle.

When returning to your home, check all utilities for leaks and report them to your utility company. For information regarding the proper disposal of food in your refrigerator/freezer contact San Bernardino County Health at (909) 387-4608.
Residences Threatened: 50,000, 80,000 outbuildings
Commercial Properties Threatened: 2,000
Weather Fire Weather Forecast for San Bernardino National Forest

National Weather Service forecasting by region 
Agencies Involved CDF, US Forest Service, California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino County Fire Department, Southern California Edison, Dept of Corrections, San Bernardino Sheriff, Red Cross, Animal Shelter, San Bernardino City Fire Department, OES, Caltrans, Southern California Gas Company, American Medical Response
Contact Forest Service Information Number 909-383-5688
San Bernardino County Information number 909-355-8800
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