Update 9:08 p.m.: Wildfire sparked by controlled burn
Authorities say a Southern California desert wildfire that forced evacuations of homes east of Los Angeles started as a controlled burn.
San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig says the permitted burn by the county regional parks agency was supposed to clear out cattails in a riverbed at Mojave Narrows Regional Park but gusty, shifting winds blew it out of control Tuesday afternoon.
The fire quickly grew to 70 acres in the area near Victorville. It burned a car and a shed and prompted evacuations of homes and ranches nearby.
About 200 firefighters and four helicopters fought the flames as they raced through tinder-dry brush and trees.
By Wednesday night, the fire was holding steady and mandatory evacuations were lifted.
The fire is 30 percent surrounded and Hartwig says crews hope to contain it by Wednesday.
— Associated Press
Update 5:34 p.m.: More than 200 firefighters on scene, fire burning in heavy fuel
A wildfire burning in San Bernardino County has prompted mandatory evacuations of residents in an Apple Valley neighborhood Tuesday, fire officials said.
San Bernardino County Fire Captain Dean Dickover said all residents of Riverside Drive north of Seneca Road in Apple Valley were asked to evacuate at about 2 p.m.
More than 200 firefighters are battling the vegetation fire that has expanded to 70 acres on the far west side of the Mojave Narrows Regional Park near Pelican Lake, Dickover said. So far, one outbuilding has been destroyed and seven structures are threatened, he added.
There is no containment at the moment. Crews have been hampered by high winds in the area, Dickover said. Two water-dropping helicopters are assisting them. There are no reports of injuries.
The fire began around noon Tuesday in the unincorporated Spring Valley Lake community near Victorville, near Mojave Narrows Regional Park.
The cause is still under investigation.
— KPCC staff
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