LITTLE MOUNTAIN FIRE SOUTH OF CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO

The 100-acre blaze dubbed the Little Mountain fire left two people with critical burn injuries, closed the 215 freeway and prompted evacuations in the hills south of Cal State San Bernardino yesterday. The evacuation orders were lifted at 6:30 p.m., and 215 was open in both directions. The blaze remained

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SMALL VEGETATION FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY MORNING

Yucca Valley firefighters responded to a small vegetation fire alongside Yucca Mesa Road early Tuesday morning. County Battalion Chief Mike Snow said firefighters were called about 7 a.m. to two 5-foot-by-5-foot fires near Security and Yucca Mesa Road. The cause was determined to be an open flame, but it’s not

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FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO FIRES IN JOSHUA TREE AND YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY

Area firefighters responded to two fires called in at the same time Saturday morning. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, at 11:04 a.m., firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Yucca Mesa were called to a house fire in the 61900 block of Golden Street in Joshua Tree.

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SMELLED THE SMOKE, COULDN’T FIND THE FIRE

Firefighters from Joshua Tree National Park, the Bureau of Land Management, and Riverside County went looking for a fire in the park Tuesday morning, but couldn’t find it. Many residents reported seeing and smelling smoke blowing into the Morongo Basin from the park; Park Superintendent David Smith said that the

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SMALL VEGETATION FIRE IN WONDER VALLEY MONDAY NIGHT

Firefighters were called to a small vegetation fire out at a location near Highway 62 and Godwin Road about 8:15 p.m. Monday night. It was quickly extinguished and the cause is unknown.

FIRE RAGING IN CORONA MAY BRING SMOKE INTO MORONGO BASIN

Depending on winds, our Morongo Basin may get some residual smoke today. A dangerous fire that has claimed at least one structure in Corona was raging late into the night Monday as firefighters continued trying to save hundreds of threatened homes in an evacuated neighborhood. The Canyon fire, which started

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PALMER FIRE NEAR REDLANDS NOW 80 PERCENT CONTAINED

Firefighters made significant progress yesterday in containing the Palmer Fire straddling the border of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. An update by the Riverside County Fire Department at 5:30 p.m. declared the brush fire was 80 percent contained and had burned 3,874 acres. The fire started at 1:30 p.m. Saturday

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FIRE IN BANNING BRINGS SMOKE TO OUR MORONGO BASIN

A fire in Banning burning toward the Morongo Indian Reservation is causing smoke to travel into the Morongo Basin. More than 200 CalFire and Riverside County firefighters responded to reports of a vegetation fire near the 10000 block of Mias Canyon Road in Banning, according to the Riverside County Fire

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VEGETATION FIRE IN MORONGO VALLEY YESTERDAY

Morongo Valley firefighters and CalFire made quick work of a vegetation fire Tuesday evening. According to Morongo Valley Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, firefighters were called to a 100-foot by 30-foot vegetation fire near Bella Vista and Highway 62 about 6:40 p.m. Firefighters got the blaze under control in about 5

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LIGHTNING CAUSES TWO FIRES IN MORONGO BASIN WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Morongo Basin firefighters were called out to two fires Wednesday night caused by lightning. About 11:45 p.m., Twentynine Palms firefighters went to the 74300 block of Pinon in Twentynine Palms for a palm tree that was on fire in the yard. Firefighters had the fire out in about 10 minutes.

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LIGHTNING STRIKE SETS JOSHUA TREE ON FIRE IN YUCCA MESA

A booming thunderstorm swept through the Morongo Basin last night, and lightning caused at least one fire. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said Yucca Mesa firefighters were called out at 2:40 a.m. for a Joshua tree on fire in a vacant lot in the 2900 block of La Habra.

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YOU CAN HELP FIRE VICTIMS ACROSS THE STATE

Half a dozen fires are burning across California, and every day it seems like a new fire starts burning. People are losing their homes all across the state. Sara Snyder tells how you can help people who have lost everything they own… Fires can destroy lives and livelihoods in the

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A FIRE IN NEARBY LUCERNE VALLEY CAUSES EVACUATIONS

The High Fire in nearby Lucerne Valley had grown to 100 acres and was considered 45 percent contained by 7 a.m. this morning, according to Cal Fire. The fire was reported at 3:57 p.m. Sunday and soon after evacuations were ordered for the area south of Highway 18 and east

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FIRE AND INJURIES CAUSED BY ILLEGAL FIREWORKS RAVAGE THE REGION

Illegal use of fireworks and explosives kept regional fire and police departments and emergency rooms busy on the Fourth of July, despite officials’ safety campaigns that included threats of heavy fines and enforcement operations that confiscated literally tons of fireworks. Authorities responded to hundreds of reports of illegal fireworks and

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FIRES IN MORONGO BASIN MONDAY, TUESDAY

Twentynine Palms firefighters saved a house from a fire Monday evening, although the garage is a total loss. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, the firefighters were returning from a medical aid call about 5:50 p.m. when they saw smoke coming from a single-family home in the 5600

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WINDS HELP FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING BRUSH FIRE ON THE MORONGO GRADE

Morongo Valley firefighters were helped by favorable winds in fighting a brush fire on the Morongo Grade Tuesday afternoon. Morongo Valley Firefighter Jones said about 3:30 p.m., three passers-by traveling up the grade stopped at the Morongo Valley Fire Station to let them know about a fire in the middle

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FIRE IN HIGHLAND COULD BRING SMOKE INTO OUR DESERT

Firefighters are battling a wildland fire east of San Bernardino and north of Highland. The fire began shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, and quickly grew to over 900 acres. Some smoke from that fire may come in to our area. Over 560 firefighters from several agencies are working to contain

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MANZANITA FIRE NEAR BANNING UP TO 5,000 ACRES; FALSE ALERT RATTLES LOCAL RESIDENTS

A wildland fire burning in remote terrain south of Beaumont and Banning prompted a voluntary evacuation warning last night, and the closure of a key local commuter link, Highway 79. Residents in the Morongo Basin, including Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms, mistakenly received alerts last night notifying them

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FIREFIGHTERS GET A HANDLE ON THE “HOLCOMB” FIRE NEAR BIG BEAR

Firefighters working the “Holcomb” fire north and east of Big Bear have gotten a handle on the blaze. Approximately 329 firefighters from multi-agencies remain working to improve containment lines; and for fire suppression repair of roads, dozer and hand constructed fire lines, and complete backhaul of firefighting equipment. Total area

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BIG BEAR AREA HOLCOMB FIRE NOW 35% CONTAINED AT ABOUT 1,500 ACRES

As the Holcomb fire Northeast of Big Bear enters its fifth day, Highway 18 reopened at 6:00 a.m. this morning. Drivers are asked to reduce their speed and be alert for fire personnel and heavy equipment on the road as firefighters continue to work in the area. Now 65 percent

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