CONTROLLED BURN IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS MORNING

The County Fire Department will clear out overgrown brush at the Hi-Desert Water District’s recharge ponds in Yucca Valley through a controlled burn exercise Friday morning. Starting at 9 a.m., county firefighters will participate in the training drill to clear debris at the pond that may disrupt the water recharge

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COUNTY FIRE TRAINING WITH REAL HOUSE FIRES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Ever wondered how to best train future firefighters? The answer is easy: set them loose putting out real fires under controlled conditions. In a rare confluence of circumstances, the City of Twentynine Palms and San Bernardino County Fire Department are doing just that. Reporter David Haldane explains…

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WONDER VALLEY HOMESTEAD CABIN TOTAL LOSS IN FIRE MONDAY

An abandoned homestead cabin in Wonder Valley is a total loss following a fire Monday evening. Firefighters from Wonder Valley, Twentynine Palms, and the Combat Center were called to the small cabin at Schooler Road and Raymond Drive just after 7:30 p.m. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said smoke

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FIRE TRAINING WITH CONTROLLED STRUCTURE BURNS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

If you see smoke in Twentynine Palms this week, don’t be too alarmed, the fire department is burning down some area houses as part of training. It’s part of a joint action by the city and the San Bernardino County Fire Department to benefit both. The firefighters get to train

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FIREFIGHTERS TRAINING IN CONTROLLED BURNS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS NEXT WEEK

Most residents of rural areas are accustomed to seeing occasional “controlled burns” of unwanted brush and plant life. What’s not usually included, however, are buildings. Reporter David Haldane says that’s about to change… If you happen to see smoke in Twentynine Palms next week, don’t be alarmed; it’s just the

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VEGETATION FIRE AT BOTTOM OF MORONGO GRADE THURSDAY

Morongo Valley firefighters were called to assist Desert Hot Springs firefighters with a 2-acre vegetation fire at the bottom of the Morongo Grade about 4:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Firefighters battled the flames for about one and a half hours on the corner of Highway 62 and Indian Canyon. The cause

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CHILD PLAYING WITH LIGHTER STARTS HOUSE FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MONDAY

A child playing with a lighter is responsible for a house fire in Twentynine Palms Monday afternoon. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, a 16-year-old was babysitting two younger siblings at home in the 6100 block of Morongo Road when one of the younger children found a lighter

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SMALL FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY THURSDAY MORNING

Yucca Valley firefighters were called to a fire in a storage container in Yucca Valley this morning. County Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said the call came in at 6:33 for the fire near Cobalt Road and Cholla Avenue. The 20-foot container was filled with engine blocks and car parts. Firefighters

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MARINE VEHICLE FIRE IN MORONGO VALLEY THURSDAY MORNING

Morongo Valley firefighters came to the aid of the Marines Thursday morning. According to Firefighter Jones, the convoy of four Marine vehicles were coming up the grade about 8:45 a.m. when the engine in one light infantry vehicle started smoking. The Marines were able to put out most of the

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MORONGO VALLEY MOBILE HOME DESTROYED IN FIRE

A Morongo Valley mobile home is a complete loss after a fire Wednesday morning. According to Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, firefighters were called to the Valley View Mobile Home Park in the 10800 block of West Drive at 8:45 a.m. Heavy smoke and flames were showing from the home when

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FIRE DESTROYS HOUSE AND RV IN LANDERS EARLY MONDAY MORNING

A house and RV are a total loss following a fire in Landers early this morning. According to San Bernardino County Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, firefighters from Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and CalFire were called to the 58400 block of Botkin Road at 1:50 a.m. Tuttle said the

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FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT TWO SMALL FIRES MONDAY

Morongo Basin firefighters were busy yesterday. Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley firefighters were called to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center about 5:30 p.m. for a small shed that caught fire. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said the shed, which housed electrical equipment, was a total loss, and the cause

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TWO FIRES IN MORONGO BASIN OVER WEEKEND; ONE DOG KILLED

Morongo Basin firefighters were busy with two house fires over the weekend, including one in which a dog was killed. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, Yucca Valley Fire Station 41, assisted by firefighters from Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, and CalFire, were called just after 2 p.m. Sunday

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SMALL FIRE PUT OUT QUICKLY IN JOSHUA TREE MONDAY AFTERNOON

Firefighters made quick work of a fire in the 6500 block of Sunset in Joshua Tree Monday afternoon. County Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said debris stacked up outside the home caught fire about 2 p.m. Firefighters put out the flames within a minute. The home itself did not burn, although

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JOSHUA TREE FAMILY LOSES THEIR HOME IN SATURDAY EVENING FIRE

A Joshua Tree family lost their home in a fire Saturday. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said firefighters were called to the Joshua Tree Mobile Estates in the 64200 block of 29 Palms Highway at 5:42 p.m. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames erupting from the double-wide

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TRASH CAN FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE RESTROOM

The Sheriff’s Department and the County Fire Department are investigating a fire set in the restroom at the Little League ball field in Yucca Valley Tuesday morning. About 9:30, a town employee discovered that unknown suspects had taken all the toilet paper in the men’s restroom and put it in

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A TIMELY REMINDER FROM THE DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE CHIEF

As we approach the News Years day holiday, this warning from the Desert Hot Springs Police Chief also pertains to the Morongo Basin. Chief Dale Mondary issued this statement, “As we prepare to ring in the New Year we are asking citizens to celebrate appropriately. We want to remind everyone

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TWO FAMILIES HOMELESS AFTER FIRES IN PIONEERTOWN, YUCCA MESA SATURDAY NIGHT

Two families are homeless following fires in Pioneertown and Yucca Mesa Saturday night. About 9 p.m. a home caught fire in the 300 block of Gilrock Lane, near Gamma Gulch Road and Parson Ranch Road in Pioneertown, believed to have been sparked by embers from a chimney. Water tenders from

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VICTIM OF BIZARRE SUICIDE IN TWENTYNINE PALM IDENTIFIED

The man whose body was found with a gunshot wound and hanging inside a burning home in Twentynine Palms has been identified by the county coroner’s office as Robert Thompson, 41. On November 14, firefighters were called to the 7400 block of Persia Avenue for a house fire; inside one

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JOSHUA TREE MOBILE HOME DESTROYED, GOATS DIE, IN FRIDAY MORNING FIRE

A mobile home burned to the ground, and at least three goats were killed, in a fire in Joshua Tree Friday morning. Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said firefighters were called to the 3900 block of Border Avenue about 11:24 a.m. where they found the home fully engulfed in flames. Tuttle

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