Environment & Science

Pilot Fire: Schools reopen, flames are 96 percent contained

Firefighters try to prevent the Pilot Fire from burning over Highway 173 Sunday night. The Pilot Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Sunday afternoon Aug. 7, 2016.
Firefighters try to prevent the Pilot Fire from burning over Highway 173 Sunday night. The Pilot Fire burns in the San Bernardino National Forest Sunday afternoon Aug. 7, 2016.
Stuart Palley for KPCC

Three school districts reopened Thursday after closing because of poor air quality caused by smoke from the Pilot Fire, which has burned for five days in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Apple Valley, Hesperia and Oro Grande school districts all resumed classes.

As of Saturday, the fire had burned more than 8,000 acres and was 96 percent contained as more than 1,100 personnel continue working the fire lines. 

Smoke advisories from the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District and the South Coast Air Quality Management District are in effect through Thursday morning, warning that if you are in an area directly impacted by smoke, then you should limit vigorous outdoor activity.

The evacuation center at Oak Hills High School closed Wednesday at 5 p.m., and a new one was set up at Rim of the World High School in Twin Peaks.

For more information about evacuations, animal shelters and road closures visit KPCC's Fire Tracker.