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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ARSON SUSPECTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS VEHICLE FIRE

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of vehicle arson in Twentynine Palms Tuesday. Firefighters were called to the area of Smoke Tree Avenue and Joshua Drive at 12:37 for a vehicle that was fully involved in flames. The fire was extinguished in about five minutes. After the fire was

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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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DESERT HOT SPRINGS WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN HOME FOLLOWING FIRE

The body of a Desert Hot Springs woman and her dogs were found in her home following a fire Thursday morning. Firefighters responded to the 9200 block of Calle De Vecinos about 8:30 a.m. As firefighters entered the home, they found the body of Jane Engel, 70, and her dogs.

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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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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested early morning, accused of setting a fire to the business where she worked. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies were called to the Break-n-Run bar in the 72100 block of 29 Palms Highway shortly before midnight. The employees said the fire started below the deep

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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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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ACCUSED IN YUCCA VALLEY ARSON FIRE

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested Monday, after county fire officials said she started a small fire in Yucca Valley. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, firefighters were called to a small brush fire behind the movie theater, south of Pima Trail and west of Palm Avenue, at

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PASSER-BY NOTIFIES TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE ABOUT FIRE NEXT DOOR TO FIRE STATION

The passer-by who reported a fire just before 11 p.m. to the Twentynine Palms Fire Department Saturday night didn’t have far to go; the structure fire in the 6500 block of Adobe Road was right next to the fire station. Firefighters from Wonder Valley, Joshua Tree, and the Combat Center

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SEVEN DOGS KILLED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE SUNDAY

Seven dogs died in a fire in Twentynine Palms Sunday afternoon. According to County Battalion Chief Dave Mahan, firefighters from Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and the Combat Center were called to the fire about 2 p.m. in the 1500 block of Wilson Way. Mahan said an RV and a small

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VEHICLES BURN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SALVAGE YARD

A motorhome caught fire in an auto salvage yard in Twentynine Palms Thursday night. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, firefighters from Twentynine Palms, Wonder Valley, and the Combat Center were called to a vehicle fire at the B&B Auto Wrecking salvage yard, in the 75800 block of

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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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CIGARETTES DON’T CAUSE AS MANY FIRES AS THEY USED TO

Many people blame wildfires on cigarettes that are tossed out of car windows. Reporter Eric Knabe says changes to cigarettes means they don’t cause as many fires as they used to…

Starting in 2004, states began requiring cigarettes to be self-extinguishing, so they are less likely to cause fires. The

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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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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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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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