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Cascade Fire Burns 160 Acres in Joshua Tree on Tuesday

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. ( — A fire started by a lighting strike in Joshua Tree scorched 160 acres on Tuesday.

At about 1:00 pm on August 18th a San Bernardino National Forest Battalion Chief passing through the area witnessed a lightning strike, resulting in a fire, stated officials.

The BC reported 2-3 acres in light to medium fuels in the area of Cascade and 4th in the community of Joshua Tree.

San Bernardino County Fire responded to the incident and units at the scene reported passing thunder storms that created unpredictable strong winds which fueled the fire.

Due to the fire’s rate of spread additional San Bernardino County Fire crews were quickly started.

Within 20 minutes of arrival, the fire had grown to more than 50 acres and by 2:00PM the fire spread to more than 100 acres.

“Despite the high temperatures, erratic winds and extremely dry vegetation crews managed to limit the fire’s spread to 160 acres,” stated a county fire news release. “Crews were successful in keeping the fire to LRA lands and kept the fire from spreads to adjacent BLM land.”

Officials said no structures were immediately threatened or damaged and no injuries were reported. Over 40 County Firefighters worked the incident along with (3) Medic Engines, (3) Brush Engines, (2) Water Tenders, (2) Battalion Chiefs, a Hand Crew and a Safety Officer.

*LRA – Local Responsibility Area

**BLM – Bureau of Land Management

(Photos Courtesy of Chris Nichols)

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