Firefighters attack and flank two acres of burning grasses
San Bernardino County Fire Department – At 11:18 on March 30th 2017, San Bernardino County Fire responded to multiple reports of a vegetation fire at the Mojave Regional Narrows Regional Park.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find two acres of annual grasses burning under the influence of a west wind blowing 10-15 mph. As firefighters began to attack and flank the fire, two additional fires were identified further up the river.
Thanks to a coordinated ground and air attack, firefighters were able to stop the forward spread of the fire before it reached the heavy fuels of the river bottom and threatened the town of Apple Valley.
Ten engines, three hand crews, one dozer, three helicopters, three water tenders, and four chief officers were assigned to the incident. Assistance was provided by Apple Valley Fire Protection District and Bureau of Land Management. Two injuries were reported: One to a firefighter and one to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy. Both were transported to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.
The fire is presently measured at 25 acres with an additional acre between the two fires located north of the main body. The fire is 100% contained. Firefighters will remain on scene overnight and into tomorrow working to reinforce containment lines and mop-up the interior.
At the beginning of the fire, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department patrol helicopter, 40-KING-3, observed an adult male near the perimeter bent over engaged in what appeared to be fire starting activity. Deputies were directed into the location, and after a short foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody.
After a robust rainy season, the annual grasses have returned and already begun their drying process. San Bernardino County Fire asks residents to be vigilant and report any fires or suspicious activity by calling 911.
Date/Time: Thursday, March 30, 2017 11:18 am
Location: Mojave Narrows Regional Park Victorville, CA
Incident: Vegetation Fire with Arson Arrest BDC: 17-32704