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Etiwanda Fire News Release

Etiwanda Fire caused by Illegal Campfire

Incident: Etiwanda Fire Wildfire
Released: 5/5/2014

Etiwanda Fire caused by Illegal Campfire

Public’s Help Needed - WeTip Hotline 800-472-7766

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., May 5, 2014 – Investigators have determined that the 2,190 acre Etiwanda Fire was started by an escaped illegal campfire.

Once conditions in Day Canyon were deemed safe, investigators hiked into the remote upper portion of the canyon, and located evidence of an illegal campfire. Investigators believe the illegal campfire may have been smoldering for a few days until the strong winds blew embers into nearby brush. Wood and charcoal fires are only permitted in designated campgrounds and picnic areas and never in the general forest area.

Forest and fire officials are asking for the public’s assistance. If you observed any hikers, or persons in the area, during the week leading up to the fire, please call the WeTip Hotline at 800-472-7766 or submit the tip on-line at http://wetip.com/submit-anonymous-tip-2/

For more information on the Etiwanda Fire please visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3848/ call our recorded message at 909-383-5688, or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SanBernardinoNF

With the summer season approaching, forest visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” and call ahead to the local Ranger Station to check on location conditions and restrictions at the following offices:

San Bernardino National Forest Supervisor’s Office - (909) 382-2600
Big Bear Discovery Center (909) 382-2790
Idyllwild Ranger Station (909) 382-2922
Lytle Creek Ranger Station (909) 382-2851
Mill Creek Visitor Center (909) 382-2881
Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center (760) 862-9984

Residents can also help, for more information on how to make your home and community adapted to wildfire, contact your local fire safe council or visit: www.fireadapted.org

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San Bernardino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
602 South Tippecanoe Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92408
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