The Gobblers Fire between Lytle Creek and Wrightwood was considered more than 80 percent contained as of 1 p.m. Sunday but the incoming weather system associated with Tropical Storm Ivo was a concern, a Forest Service spokeswoman said.
The 350+ acre blaze began Aug. 19 as a result of thunderstorms and lightning that started more than 20 fires on the San Bernardino National Forest, Carol Underhill of the Forest Service said. It was burning in steep, rugged terrain west of Gobblers Knob near Stockton Flats, at the upper end of Lytle Creek southeast of Wrightwood.
"Firefighters have completed contingency lines at the base of the steep slopes north of Stockton Flats," Underhill said. "The fire made several small uphill runs after burning trees and brush rolled downhill, but it has stayed within the contingency lines. Firefighters will continue to strengthen fire lines and mop up the fire during day and night shifts."
As of 1 p.m. Aug. 25 the fire's burn area was estimated at 392 acres and it was considered 83 percent contained, Underhill said. There were 225 personnel assigned.
"As needs arise on other areas of the National Forests in Southern California, firefighting equipment and crews from the incident will assist," Underhill said. "A helicopter was sent to assist with smoke observed in the Sharp Fire footprint on the Angeles National Forest this morning and air support was sent to the Little Fire yesterday on the San Jacinto Ranger District. Several crews have been reassigned to the larger fires in northern California."
Tropical Storm Ivo has been downgraded to a tropical depression, Underhill said.
"Unstable weather may occur this afternoon. The best potential for rain over the fire area is Monday afternoon with 0.1” – 0.2” expected. Lightning-caused fires remain a concern with predicted weather activity."
Closures of the fire area and roads into the fire remained in effect Sunday and included: Stockton Flats, Coldwater Canyon and Paiute Canyon yellow-post sites, Forest Road 3N06 above the shooting range, and Forest Road 3N33 is closed at the 3N31 junction.