Brush fire forces some to evac­u­ate

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - — Ryan Parker

Sev­eral dozen San Bernardino County res­i­dents were al­lowed to re­turn home Tues­day af­ter be­ing evac­u­ated when a fast-mov­ing brush fire caused by a con­trolled burn got out of hand dur­ing high winds.

The Ap­ple Val­ley fire was first re­ported about noon in Mo­jave Nar­rows Park, on the bor­der be­tween Ap­ple Val­ley and Vic­torville, ac­cord­ing to the San Bernardino County Fire Depart­ment.

The fire ini­tially grew to about 60 acres within two hours, but of­fi­cials said Tues­day night that it was hold­ing at about 70 acres and was 30% con­tained. By 7 p.m., all manda­tory evac­u­a­tions had been lifted.

San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig said the blaze would be fully con­tained Wed­nes­day, weather per­mit­ting.

The blaze ig­nited dur­ing a con­trolled burn in Mo­jave Nar­rows Park by the county parks depart­ment to clear out cat­tails, of­fi­cials said. Winds whipped the flames out of con­trol.

Hartwig said a per­mit had been is­sued for the con­trolled burn.

“No homes lost due to great brush clear­ance,” he said, adding that the fire should serve as a re­minder about the im­por­tance of fire mit­i­ga­tion.

One ve­hi­cle and one shed were de­stroyed, of­fi­cials said. About 200 fire­fight­ers, two ’doz­ers and four air­ships were used to fight the blaze, of­fi­cials said.

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