Sheep Fire: A brush fire near the Wrightwood area is burning at least 990 acres as firefighters work to douse the blazes

WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. (KABC) — Firefighters continued Monday to battle a wildfire in the Wrightwood area that burned down nearly 1,000 acres over the weekend and forced some people from their homes.

The blaze, dubbed the Sheep Fire, erupted Saturday amid scorching temperatures and bone-dry brush, and high winds continued to fan the flames. As of Sunday afternoon, the fire had grown to at least 990 acres and was only 5% contained.

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for Desert Front Road, Wild Horse Canyon Road and the community of Wrightwood – the evacuation order applies to Highway 2 to Mesquite Street, Highway 138 to Sand Canyon, and Wright Mountain Road to Lone Pine Canyon Road.

In addition, there is an evacuation warning for all of Wrightwood, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

By Monday morning, weather conditions had improved significantly, allowing crews to use water drops from the helicopter to establish a more solid line of containment around the fire.

The Red Cross opened an evacuation center at Serrano High School at 9292 Sheep Creek Road in the unincorporated community of Phelan.

Small animals and livestock can be brought to the Devore Animal Shelter located at 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino.

Highway 2 has been closed from Highway 138 to the Sheep Creek area, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is being further investigated.

DEVELOPMENT: We will add more details to this report as they become available.

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Laura Coffey

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