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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IT’S WILDFIRE SEASON, CALFIRE HAS PREVENTION TIPS

If you live in a wildland area you need to use all equipment responsibly to reduce the risk of accidentally sparking a fire. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the wildfire prevention tips from CalFire… Southern California is entering peak wildfire season. Whether working to create defensible space around your home,

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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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WHILE CURRENT FIRE FEES ARE SUSPENDED, PAST FEES ARE DUE

When the California state legislature passed the cap and trade bill recently, one of the provisions in the bill suspended the fire prevention fee for property owners in rural areas, including many here in the Morongo Basin. The fire prevention fee helps pay the costs of firefighting in state responsibility

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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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WITH REGIONAL WILDFIRES NEAR US, HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

With the recent wildfires in California and throughout the West, here’s a reminder that we must be aware that even the littlest spark can start a massive fire, even here in our desert. Reporter Eric Knabe offers some helpful tips to prevent wildfires… The winter rain brought us an abundance

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FIRE CREWS RESPOND TO BRUSH FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

On June 21, at 10:27 am , a fire was reported in the Quail Springs area of Joshua Tree National Park. Fire crews from CAL FIRE, San Bernardino County, BLM and National Park Service responded to a brush fire approximately 100 yards off the road near mile marker #21. The

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MATZ FIRE BURNS 8-10 ACRES IN MORONGO VALLEY MONDAY MORNING

About 120 firefighters from CalFire, Morongo Valley, and the Bureau of Land Management are fighting a brush fire that broke out in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve about 12:30 a.m. Monday. CalFire Battalion Chief Tony Jones said the fire, called the Matz Fire, was originally estimated to be 20 acres, but

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CALFIRE FIRE FIGHTERS LOOKING FOR SUBSTANTIAL RAISE

CalFire firefighters are looking at a proposal that would give them a hefty raise. The state-employed firefighters, some of the lowest-compensated in their profession in California, are preparing to vote on a contract offer that would increase their base pay by 9.29 percent to 22.55 percent over four years. Union

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A BRUSH FIRE AT CAMP PENDLETON

A brush fire that broke out late Wednesday afternoon has charred 50 acres at Camp Pendleton, base officials said. The Vallecito Fire is burning off Roblar Road, in the northeast side of the base on the artillery range. Information about how the blaze began was not immediately available. It began

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CALFIRE PREPARED FOR FIRE RISK THIS WEEKEND

The Santa Ana wind event forecast for this weekend could be significant for much of San Bernardino County. The latest computer models show winds increasing on Sunday. These winds will be accompanied by single digit humidity and high temperatures. This weekend, CAL FIRE will bring in a strike team of

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CALFIRE ASKS FOR YOUR HELP TO PREVENT WILDFIRES

Even as the Sand Fire roars out of control in nearby Santa Clarita, CalFire is reminding residents that extreme fire danger requires your help to prevent wildfires. Reporter David Knutson has some fire safety reminders… CAL FIRE is asking the public for their help to prevent the sparking of a

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL TO MEET

The Homestead Valley Community Council, which represents Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley, will hold its next meeting Monday, May 18, starting at 3 p.m. New firefighters and the Community Emergency Response Team will be introduced, and residents will learn about starting a CERT program. Next, the council

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council, which represents Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley, will hold its next meeting Monday, July 18, starting at 3 p.m. New firefighters and the Community Emergency Response Team will be introduced, and residents will learn about starting a CERT program. Next, the council

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CALFIRE INVESTIGATING SECOND SUSPICIOUS FIRE IN A MONTH IN MORONGO VALLEY

CalFire officials are investigating a second suspicious fire in a month in Morongo Valley. According to Morongo Valley Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, multiple people stopped by and called the fire department just after 3:30 Monday afternoon to report a fire behind the basketball courts in Covington Park. Rarey said as

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CAL FIRE SUSPENDS BURN PERMITS

While recent rains this winter and spring have been a welcome sight in California, drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono Counties. This suspension

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CALFIRE WANTS YOU TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE

The weather is hot and the humidity is dry, making it a dangerous time for fires. Reporter David Knutson says CalFire has some fire safety tips… CAL FIRE is asking the public for their help to prevent the sparking of a new wildfire. If you are camping, obtain a campfire

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FIREFIGHTERS SAY “DON’T PANIC” OVER LAKE FIRE

Firefighters working on the 17,400-acre Lake Fire are optimistic; only 100 acres were added to the burn area Monday, and it’s now 30 percent contained. “The fire’s progressed actually very slowly. It hasn’t moved that much.” U.S. Forest Service Public Information Officer Chon Bribiescas explained why residents shouldn’t panic about

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GROWTH OF LAKE FIRE SLOWED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER WEEKEND

The growth of the Lake Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest slowed significantly over the weekend. After exploding to 10,000 acres in the first full day of the fire, the fire is now at 17,000 acres, or about 26 square miles, and is 19 percent contained. Nearly 2,000 firefighters

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