Fire officials said Monday that 12 helicopters and 967 firefighters are battling the 3,800 acre Hathaway Fire in Riverside County in heavy chaparral and timber. (File photo: Helicopters pick up water from Lake Hughes to put out flames at the Powerhouse Fire in northwest L.A. County in May).
Ground and air crews have contained 67 percent of the Hathaway Fire in the San Bernardino mountains, north of Banning. The wildfire has blackened about six square miles.
Spokesman Eric Solomon says firefighters are focusing mostly on the east side of the fire, burning in the San Gorgonio Wilderness in Riverside County.
“What we’re concerned about is the steep and rugged terrain," said Solomon. "So we’re using the big Type 1 heavy helicopters to mop up those edges and make sure that’s all secure.”
Solomon said 967 firefighters are battling the wildfire with the help of airtankers and a dozen water-dropping helicopters.
The fire has scorched about 3,807 acres since it broke out Sunday, June 9 near Hathaway Canyon in the northern portion of the Morongo Indian Reservation about about 85 miles east of Los Angeles.
Firefighting costs have exceeded $9 million so far. The cause is still under investigation.