Publication Date August 19, 2016

96 homes, 213 other buildings destroyed in massive Blue Cut fire

United States
The Blue Cut fire continues to burn north of Lytle Creek in San Bernardino County. Photo: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times

The raging Blue Cut fire in the Cajon Pass has destroyed nearly 100 homes as firefighters focused their efforts Friday on areas near the mountain resort town of Wrightwood, where dry brush hasn’t burned in years. 

According to preliminary estimates released by San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig, 96 homes and 213 outbuildings have been destroyed by the fire, which has covered 37,000 acres.

Wrightwood on the west flank of the fire is dotted with apartments and small homes and has the highest housing density in the area. 

The blaze is 26% contained, officials said, up from 22% Thursday evening