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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STAY SAFE WITH HOLIDAY DECORATIONS

Now that the Christmas season is here, many people are decorating their homes and yards. Reporter Tanisha Cureton offers the following safety tips from the San Bernardino County Fire Department… With the holiday season upon us, the San Bernardino County Fire Dept. reminds residents of the following holiday decorating and

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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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NEW COUNTY FIRE BATTALION CHIEF COMING TO THE MORONGO BASIN

The Morongo Basin welcomes a new county fire battalion chief as of Monday, November 20. Battalion Chief Donnie Viloria has been a firefighter for 30 years, which includes 15 years with Newberry Springs and Fort Irwin, before joining the county fire department in 2002. Prior to his new assignment here,

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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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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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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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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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SNAKE RESCUED FROM TWENTYNINE PALMS MOTEL ELEVATOR

Twentynine Palms firefighters rescued a snake in an elevator Wednesday morning. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said at the time of the call, the snake, estimated to be about 1 to 1-1/2 foot long, was inside the exterior elevator, but by the time firefighters arrived, the snake had slithered

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TWO INJURED WHEN TRUCK HITS WASHED-OUT BRIDGE, BURSTS INTO FLAMES

Two men are lucky to be alive after their truck landed short over a washed out bridge caused by severe thunder storms early Tuesday morning. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, paramedics were called to a crash on National Trails Highway in Danby, just east of Cadiz, about

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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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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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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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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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BIG BEAR FIRE NOW AT 1,500 ACRES, 10% CONTAINED

Firefighters continue to battle hot temperatures and difficult terrain fighting a 1,540-acre wildfire north of Baldwin Lake in the Big Bear area. Over 1,200 firefighters from multi-agencies are working to contain the fire. The fire is 10% contained. The National Forest Service said fire activity increased mid-day as temperatures again

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BIG BEAR FIRE NOW 1,200 ACRES, 10% CONTAINED

The Holcomb fire near Big Bear Lake burned for a second day, prompting fire officials to briefly evacuate an area northeast of Big Bear Lake. The fire has burned 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest, and was 10 percent contained last night, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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