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Fast-moving brush fire damages homes near Little Mountain in San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. On At 4:52pm San Bernardino County Fire crews were dispatched to a reported vegetation fire in the area of 39th Street & North Severence Way near Little Mountain, in San Bernardino.

ME227 arrived within 4 minutes of dispatch to find a 5-acre vegetation fire, that was slope and wind driven, with a rapid rate of spread.

The fire was rapidly spreading up Little Mountain towards nearby homes. First arriving crews immediately responded to Edgerton Drive & Skylark Drives to find the fire impacting multiples homes and spreading due to the erratic winds. Crews immediately deployed on structure defense, protecting homes, rescuing victims and completing evacuations of the immediate area. San Bernardino Police Department also responded with multiple officers to assist with road closures and evacuations. 

A second alarm was quickly struck bringing more apparatus, crews and equipment to the fast-moving fire. San Bernardino Sheriff Department’s Helicopters were also requested to assist with water drops.

Additional fire crews responded and engaged in structure defense to keep the fire away from the homes. While engaging in structure defense, multiple residents were rescued or assisted with evacuation to a safe area. Initial crews also encountered power lines that had fallen or were comprised, making access more difficult. 

(Photo courtesy of San Bernardino County Fire)

Crews continued to work on perimeter control & structure defense for multiple hours.  By 9PM the fires progression had been stopped at 17 acres. Of the 40 homes immediately threatened, 3 homes were heavily damaged and an additional 6 structures received minor to moderate damage. Two firefighters received minor to moderate injuries, were treated at a local hospital and since have been released. A family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) were also transported to a local hospital with smoke inhalation and minor burns. They were injured while evacuating their home. Red Cross was requested to assist with displaced residents & to facilitate their needs.

Fire Investigators responded to determine cause and origin.  Fire crews remained on scene throughout the evening and will be in place today to work on hot spots and increase containment. A #SBCoFD Damage Assessment will be heading to the scene Tuesday to complete a damage assessment. No estimates were available at the time of the release. Tuesday morning will also bring a day shift with (5) #SBCoFD engines, hand crews & a team of fire investigators. 

Ultimately San Bernardino County Fire responded (9) Engines, (6) Chief Officers, (1) Dozer, (2) Water Tenders, (4) Hand Crews, (3) Overhead Personnel & (2) Fire Investigators. While crews were engaged in the “Little Mountain” fire, move-up crews were brought in to ensure there was seamless Fire/EMS coverage to San Bernardino. 

#SBCoFD received multiple engines from our cooperator fire agencies to assist in the fire fight and to provide for structure defense.  CalFire provided (2) Chief Officers & (3) Engines.  Cal-Fire / City Of Highland-(1) Engine, Redlands FD-(1) Engine, San Manuel -(1) Engine, Colton FD-(1) Engine, Rialto FD-(2)Engines. American Medical Response assisted with multiple ambulances.  

Being prepared for a wildfire or other fire disaster starts with making a plan. That’s why the San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services created the ‘Ready SB’ app. Download the Ready SB app today and it will guide you step-by-step in creating your customized family disaster plan.  During a disaster, use Ready SB to receive emergency alerts, evacuation and shelter information, live up-to-date traffic reports, contact information of nearby resources, and everything you need to know to stay safe before, during, and after a disaster. 

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