A fire near Big Bear is at 100 acres and growing, according to InciWeb, an interagency wildland-fire information system.

Some 300 firefighters, including four airtankers and four helicopters, were on scene as of 5:30 p.m., according to InciWeb.

The blaze was probably started by a lightning strike. State Route 18 is closed indefinitely between Snow Valley and Big Bear Dam near Lake Arrowhead.

According to the California Highway Patrol, smoke was reported just before 12:30 p.m.; the road was shut down just after 1 p.m.

The only structure evacuated is the Butler Peak lookout tower.

Watch InstantRiverside for updates.

Earlier in the day, another fire briefly caused a Sig Alert in Devore at Cajone Boulevard and Devore Road; that was initially reported at 10:47 a.m. as “screaming chicken on fire.”

– posted at 1:25 p.m. by Cathy Maestri; updated at 5:35 p.m.

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