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2017-2018 San Bernardino National Forest prescribed burn program

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (news release) — The U.S. Forest Service will implement prescribed burning operations on the San Bernardino National Forest in the upcoming months as conditions allow.

Beginning late fall into the spring the Front Country, San Jacinto and Mountaintop Ranger Districts will conduct burning projects in a continuous effort to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and improve forest health.

Various methods of prescribed burning will be implemented, including broadcast and pile burning to reduce accumulated fuel loadings on the forest floor and ladder fuels that can carry fire from the forest floor into the canopies of trees.

The ignition of all prescribed burns is dependent on environmental conditions, availability of personnel and equipment. These projects are conducted in coordination with the National Weather Service and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) before and during prescribed burns in order to manage smoke production and minimize impacts as much as possible.

During this time, firefighters will be conducting broadcast and debris pile burning across the forest in various locations. Signs will be posted along the roadways to alert the public to burning activity. The Forest Service will send out occasional reminders to the public, alerting to potential smoke in the air.

The following list details the plans for this winter’s projected prescribe burns for each district.

San Jacinto Ranger District Prescribed Burn Locations:

Broadcast burning:
· Thomas Mountain, east of Ramona Indian Reservation and west of Garner Valley.

Slash and debris piles burning:
· Pine Cove, south and west of Pine Cove to maintain the Pine Cove fuel break.
· Westridge, southeast of Strawberry Creek and west of Dry Creek.
· Slash and pile burning near various fire stations

Mountaintop Range District Prescribed Burn Locations:

Slash and debris piles burning:
· Along 2N13 and 2N68 road systems to maintain fire roads and evacuation corridors
· Within vegetation management units of the South Big Bear and Baldwin Lake projects to create shaded fuel
· Slash and pile burning near various fire stations

Front Country Ranger District

Broadcast burning
· Santa Ana/1N09 fuelbreak system
· Angelus Oaks community defense zones along Highway 38. This project has five units that will combine pile/broadcast burning.

Slash and debris piles burning:
· Slash and pile burning at various fire stations

https://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf/

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Woman airlifted from crash on Sheep Creek and El Mirage Roads Saturday night

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Traffic Accident on El Mirage and Sheep Creek Road
(Photo by Jessica Christopherson)

ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Several people were injured in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Sheep Creek near El Mirage Roads Saturday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the traffic accident was reported at about 9:30 PM on August 8th and involved a silver Chevy Tahoe and a silver Ford F-150.

San Bernardino County Firefighters responded and located the Tahoe with major damage to the passenger side and used extrication tools to remove a young child. A female adult sitting in the front passenger was critically injured and a helicopter was requested to airlift her to a trauma center.

A CHP helicopter H-80 landed in the roadway and subsequently flew the injured woman to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jessica Christopherson was on her way home from work when she drove up to the accident and heard children inside the SUV screaming and pulled over to call 911. Jessica said the little girl’s leg was pinned but when firefighters removed her from the vehicle she only had some scrapes.

According to Jessica, the dad in the Tahoe was okay and another little girl was shaken up and all three were taken by ground ambulance to LLUMC. The driver of the pickup truck sustained a gash to the back of his head.

Jessica told VVNG she’s almost been involved in several accidents on El Mirage Road due to people speeding and would like to see at least a 3-way stop sign instead of just one.

The California Highway Patrol Victorville Station is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Man found dead at High Desert Inn Motel in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Police said no foul play was suspected after a man was found dead at the High Desert Inn.

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 1:02 a.m., deputies responded to High Desert Inn, located at 14320 Main Street, in reference to a medical aid call.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Taylor Reynolds said A 59-year-old male was found unresponsive at the incident location. “Deputies did not discover any signs of foul play,” stated Reynolds.

The spokeswoman said the investigation is being handled by the Coroner’s Division and had no other information available for release.

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker

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BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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