San Bernardino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
602 South Tippecanoe Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92408
SAN BERNARDINO, California, June 27, 2017 – Firefighters are battling a wildland fire east of San Bernardino and north of Highland. The fire began shortly after 3PM, and quickly grew to over 900 acres.
Over 560 firefighters from the US Forest Service, San Bernardino County Fire, CALFIRE BDU, and several local agencies are working to contain the fire. The fire caused Hwy 330 between I-210 and Live Oak Drive in Running Springs to be shut down for several hours. Highway 330 was reopened at 9:55 PM. Mountain residents and visitors are asked to drive cautiously and expect firefighters and equipment near the highway.
Evacuations were ordered for approximately 200 residences in the Highland area; east of Orchard Rd., west of Church St., and north of Highland Ave, and the American Red Cross briefly opened an evacuation center at the Highland YMCA before residents were allowed to return home at 8:15PM. No homes or outbuildings were damaged.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Quick Fire Facts
Fire Start Date: June 27, 2017
Fire Report Time: 3:18pm
Location: (geographic location) East of San Bernardino, CA.
Fire Cause: Under Investigation
Fire Fighters Assigned: 560
Fire Engines: 41 Fire Crews: 12
Fire Dozers: 4
Helicopters: 5 (including 1 night flying)
Air Tankers: 6 including VLAT (DC-10)
Air Attack: 2
Road Closures: None
Weather: Warm, Dry, with moderate winds
Terrain: Mountainous and steep
Cooperating Agencies: San Bernardino Country Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections, CALFIRE BDU, American Red Cross
About the U.S. Forest Service:
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.
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