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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THE “HOLCOMB” FIRE BURNING NORTH AND EAST OF BIG BEAR, SOME ROAD CLOSURES

A wildfire raging north of Big Bear Lake has charred nearly 1,000 acres, prompting officials to issue voluntary evacuations and the closure of a mountain highway. The Holcomb fire is spreading rapidly, moving away from the San Bernardino National Forest’s most populated areas. Smoke from the fire has come into

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GARAGE FIRE IN JOHNSON VALLEY EARLY MONDAY MORNING

Firefighters were called to an early morning fire in Johnson Valley today. About 3:45 a.m., Yucca Mesa, Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree firefighters were called to a home on Kickapoo Trail, where they found a garage, attached to a single family home, on fire. Firefighters were able to save most

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SMALL SHED FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Firefighters made quick work of a shed fire in Joshua Tree Tuesday afternoon. Joshua Tree firefighters, assisted by Yucca Valley firefighters, were called to the 60400 block of Latham Trail at 1:39 p.m. The 10×10-foot shed was threatening a house, but firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading, and

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COUNTY SAYS WONDER VALLEY FIRE STATION WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR NOW

The County will be keeping the Wonder Valley Fire station open, for now. Wonder Valley MAC representative Teresa Sitz posted Tuesday evening that she had been contacted by San Bernardino County Assistant Fire Chief Tom Marshall who told her, “Today the fire budget was approved and (Wonder Valley) station 45

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MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS THAT MOST LOCAL FIRE STATIONS WILL REMAIN OPEN

Despite the light agenda, lots came out of last night’s meeting of the Morongo Basin MAC. Reporter David Haldane was there and offers this report… Rumors regarding the potential closure of several desert fire stations contain a grain of truth. But it’s only a grain. That according to Battalion Chief

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SECOND SUSPICIOUS FIRE IN TWO WEEKS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS PROPERTY

A Twentynine Palms property that had an arson fire two weeks ago had another suspicious fire early this morning. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, firefighters from Twentynine Palms, assisted by Wonder Valley and the Combat Center, were called to the 6400 block of Yucca Avenue at 2:25

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FIREFIGHTERS UNION SAY TWENTYNINE PALMS COVERAGE AFFECTED IF WONDER VALLEY CLOSES

The union that represents county firefighters is concerned about preliminary plans to close the Wonder Valley Fire Station while the Ludlow station remains unmanned. Firefighters Local 935 President Jim Grigoli said the current proposed county budget would see Wonder Valley close, leaving Twentynine Palms covered by a single fire engine

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SUNDAY FIRE DESTROYS A NORTH JOSHUA TREE HOME

A home in North Joshua Tree is a total loss following an early morning fire Sunday. Firefighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, and Twentynine Palms were called to the fire in the 64800 block of Broadway at 4:15 a.m. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said the two-story

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ALL BURN PERMITS AND OPEN FIRE SUSPENDED IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Due to short-term high winds, high temperatures and low humidity, San Bernardino County Fire Marshal Mike Horton has suspended all burn permits and open fires in all unincorporated South Desert areas, including the town of Yucca Valley and the city of Twentynine Palms. THIS SUSPENSION SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL

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VACANT HOUSE BURNS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS…AGAIN

A vacant house caught fire in Twentynine Palms Wednesday night. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Bobby Cox, the house in the 6400 block of Yucca Avenue had burned before and was uninhabitable, and all utilities had been turned off. Firefighters from Twentynine Palms, Wonder Valley, Yucca Valley, and the

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FIRE DESTROYS A JOSHUA TREE HOME

A home in the Desert Heights area of Twentynine Palms is a total loss after a fire Tuesday afternoon, and smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. Firefighters from Twentynine Palms, Wonder Valley, the Combat Center, and Joshua Tree were called to the home of Joanie Johnson and

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FIRE AT THE LANDERS COUNTY LANDFILL LAST NIGHT

Firefighters spent Monday evening battling a fire at the county landfill in Landers. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said the call came in about 6 p.m. and Yucca Mesa firefighters arrived at the dump to find refuse about 100 feet by 100 feet on fire. Firefighters called in a

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FIRE DESTROYS MOTORHOME IN NORTH JOSHUA TREE

A malfunctioning propane stove is to blame for a fire that completely destroyed a motorhome in Joshua Tree Wednesday night. According to County Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, firefighters from Joshua Tree and Yucca Mesa found the 22-foot motorhome completely involved in flames near Sunflower and Sunkist Roads. Tuttle said the

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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…

“Engine one, engine

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FIREFIGHTERS UNION QUESTION TWENTYNINE PALMS EQUIPMENT LEVELS

A Twitter notice and a Facebook post from the local professional firefighter’s union says public safety is at risk in the city of Twentynine Palms. The postings question a decision by County fire to have just one medic engine in Twentynine Palms, claiming it places public safety at risk. The

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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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