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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THREE CARS CATCH ON FIRE FROM EXPLODING PROPANE HEATER

An exploding propane heater started three vehicles on fire Friday night in Joshua Tree. According to a Sheriff’s report, a caller said he was camping on BLM land near Sunfair Road off the highway when he heard a loud explosion just before 10 p.m. He said he could see a

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DUMPSTER FIRE AT VONS IN YUCCA VALLEY LATE TUESDAY NIGHT

Yucca Valley firefighters were called to a fire at the Vons grocery store late Tuesday night. About 11:30 p.m., passers-by reported a significant amount of smoke rising from the Vons store, but firefighters determined the blaze was actually in a dumpster behind the store. It was quickly extinguished and the

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BURN PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALMOST ALL FIRES

Yucca Valley firefighters were recently called out to an illegal burn. County Fire Chief Donnie Viloria said the fire was illegal because the resident did not have a burn permit. Viloria reminds residents that permits are needed for campfires, warming fires, bonfires, and burning vegetation. The permits are free, simply

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED AS AN ACCESSORY TO ARSON

A Twentynine Palms woman who refused to turn in her boyfriend to law enforcement was arrested Tuesday, accused of being an accessory to arson. According to a Sheriff’s report, firefighters responded to a car fire last Friday, November 3, about 9 a.m. near Adobe Road and Amboy Road in Twentynine

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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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VEHICLES CATCH FIRE FOLLOWING CRASH ON HIGHWAY TUESDAY MORNING

Firefighters were called to a two-vehicle fire following a crash at the intersection of Highway 62 and Indian Canyon Road, just south of the Morongo Grade early this morning. Just before 7 a.m., a blue Nissan pick-up truck and a four-door car collided at the intersection. Both vehicles caught on

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TWO YUCCA VALLEY CAR FIRES OUT BEFORE FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVE

Yucca Valley firefighters responded to two car fires Wednesday afternoon, only to find that the fires had been mostly put out by others before they arrived. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said the first car fire was in the Walmart parking lot at 2:20 p.m.; a responding Sheriff’s deputy

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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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FAMILY AND PETS ESCAPE YUCCA VALLEY FIRE, HOUSE A TOTAL LOSS

A Yucca Valley family and their pets safely escaped from a house fire Monday afternoon. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said firefighters were called about 2:15 p.m. to a home in the 56800 block of Anaconda Drive. When they arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames showing from an

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PROTECT YOUR HOUSE FROM WILDFIRE

Reporter Mike Lipsitz has some tips on how to protect your home from wildfire…

As the threat of wildfire continues, The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® suggests some critical actions to take before, during, and after wildfires. Be prepared with a disaster safety kit in case evacuation is ordered.

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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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SMALL FIRE IN LANDERS EARLY THURSDAY MORNING

Updated Friday 3:30 p.m. with information from the Sheriff’s Department:

Arson investigators were called to the scene of an early morning fire in Landers Thursday morning. About 1:10 a.m., neighbors of a small one-room cabin in the 55800 block of Valley Hi Drive reported a fire inside the cabin; firefighters

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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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KITCHEN FIRE BRIEFLY CLOSES TWENTYNINE RESTAURANT

A popular eatery in Twentynine Palms was closed briefly Thursday due to a kitchen fire. Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree firefighters were called to Andrea’s Restaurant in the 73700 block of 29 Palms Highway just before 9 a.m. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said the fire started behind a

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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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YUCCA VALLEY MAN SUSPECTED OF ARSON IN HOUSE FIRE OVER A YEAR AGO

A Yucca Valley man suspected of arson in the fire of a home over a year ago was arrested Thursday night. On July 5, 2016, the owner of a home in the 1300 block of Inca Trail was told her rental home—from which James Shropshire, 65, had just been evicted—was

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OVERLOADED CIRCUITS CAUSE BEDROOM FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley family was forced to find a new home for the night after a fire damaged a bedroom Monday evening. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, the residents of a home in the 58400 block of Desert Gold Drive came home about 7:20 p.m. and found

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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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