Authorities Friday told residents in the community of Pine Cove to prepare for possible evacuation as the Mountain fire continued to burn in the San Bernardino National Forest.
The small community is north of Idyllwild, which has been under mandatory evacuation orders along with Fern Valley and Trails End. California 243 has been closed south of Pine Cove to Mountain Center, said Steve Gut, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.
The massive blaze has burned more than 24,800 acres and is 15% contained, he said. The fire is burning in very steep and rugged terrain just east of the Mountain Center and Apple Canyon area.
To the north in Kern County, parts of the town of Lebec were being evacuated Friday after a wildfire broke out in the Grapevine, briefly blocking lanes on Interstate 5.