YUCCA MESA HOME DESTROYED IN MONDAY MORNING FIRE

A Yucca Mesa house is a total loss following a fire Monday morning. Fire crews from Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree were called to the 57800 block of Starlight Mesa Drive at 8:09 a.m. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said the house was well-involved with flames when crews arrived. Because large welding tanks were near the flames, fire crews mounted an aggressive attack on the blaze. Crews knocked down the flames quickly, but were on scene for about 2 ½ hours in salvage and overhaul operations. A grease fire on the stove was determined to be the cause of the fire. A firefighter was injured when he fell through the floor. He was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center and sent home.

Fire crews arrived to find a single-story structure well-involved in smoke and flames in the Yucca Mesa neighborhood of Yucca Valley Monday morning. San Bernardino County fire photo
Flames from the house fire were threatening large welding tanks nearby, and firefighters made an aggressive attack to prevent the flames from spreading. San Bernardino County Fire photo

RESIDENTS EVACUATED DURING SMALL FIRE AT ASSISTED LIVING CENTER IN YUCCA VALLEY MONDAY

The residents of an assisted living center in Yucca Valley had to be evacuated during a small fire at the center Monday morning. Sheriff’s deputies were first on scene to the Santa Fe Assisted Living Center on Santa Fe Drive at 10:19 a.m. and smelled a strong odor of smoke and started evacuating the 57 residents to a nearby parking lot. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said crews determined there was a small, smoldering fire in the crawl space between the first and second floors over a common area in the home. The crews crawled up into the space to find the source of the fire, which was an electrical box. They then pulled down the ceiling to get access to the electrical fire so they could extinguish it. There were no injuries.

Sheriff deputies and Yucca Valley firefighters responded to a small electrical fire in the crawl space Monday at Santa Fe Assisted Living.
San Bernardino County Fire photo

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TAKES UP SEWER RATES

The Twentynine Palms City Council gathers this evening for a discussion on sewer rates for Project Phoenix and playground safety, among other things. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

Tonight’s Twentynine Palms City Council meets to discus the sewer rate fee study and rate-setting process for customers within Project Phoenix. The proposed sewer project would provide to a limited number of customers and include its’ own package treatment plant. The Council may approve the study, authorize mailings and, if possible, call for a Public Hearing on April 7. As it now stands, these specialized rates would require an annual General Fund Subsidy of $38K. The Council will also hear the Tourism Business Improvement District Quarterly Update and review the City’s Playground Safety Management Policy. The Twentynine Palms City Council meeting will begin at 6 pm at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO REVIEW AQUATICS CENTER

At tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council members will hear a review of the Prop 68 aquatics center. The council will be asked to establish guiding principles for the project, identify the preferred site for the aquatics center, identify the priorities for amenities, and establish subsidy limits or cost recovery targets. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

COUNTY TO CONSIDER MEDICAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION

While no novel coronavirus cases have been confirmed in San Bernardino County, the board of supervisors will consider declaring a health emergency at its meeting today. The declaration is a proactive measure to help the county get additional dollars to help with preparation efforts. Supervisors will also hear an update from county health and public safety officials. That discussion will include additional steps the county could take to limit the spread of the virus, known as COVID-19.