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Fire crews battling 25-acre brush fire burning in the Cajon Pass

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UPDATE @ 8:30 PM – The San Bernardino National Forest is reporting the fire has grown to 185 acres, and 10% containment. There are still no evacuations at this time, however, the road into Lytle Creek is only open to residents. Approximately 230 personnel are assigned to the incident.

UPDATE @ 4:40 PM — The fire is now 50 acres with a moderate rate of spread acres and a potential rate of spread of 200-300 acres.

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CAJON PASS, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Fire crews are keeping busy fighting a brush fire in the Cajon Pass, west of the I-15 freeway Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was reported at about 3:25 PM on July 29, 2020, in the area of Keenbrook Rd and Cajon Blvd or more commonly known as old Route 66.

According to initial reports, the fire dubbed the #BrookFire, is 25 acres with a moderate to rapid rate of spread with strong winds reported in the area. The fire has a potential of 50-100 acres, prompting a second-alarm response.

The U.S. Forest Service has taken the lead on the incident and San Bernardino County Fire along with Calfire BDU are assisting. Air support is currently overhead assisting with firefighting efforts and additional type-1 air tankers have been requested to respond.

The smoke from the fire is currently not affecting traffic along the I-15 freeway and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Authorities have requested a hard closure on Old Cajon Blvd and Keenbrook Road for an unknown duration.

Check back for updates, additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

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A column of gray smoke from the #brookfire as seen from the northbound I-15. (Photo by Rick Casas)
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Helicopter lands on Amethyst Road for crash victim

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) One person was airlifted with critical injuries following a crash late Friday night.

At 11:30 p.m., the Victorville Fire Department, deputies from the Victorville Police Department, and two American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances were dispatched to the intersection of Amethyst and La Mesa Roads for reports of a head-on crash.

– Photo Credit: Travis Dixon.

Upon arrival, firefighters located two vehicles with major damage; a gray 2018 Toyota Camry and a dark-colored sedan with one person still trapped inside.

Firefighters extricated the occupant from the vehicle and requested a helicopter to land near the scene to transport the person to a trauma center.

The Camry sustained major front-end damage. – Photo credit: Travis Dixon.

Two occupants of the Camry sustained minor injuries. The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. – Photo Credit: Julio Solano.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, but as of 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the intersection was reopened.

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State and San Bernardino County OK resumption of youth sports – with restrictions

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The State Department of Public Health has issued long-anticipated guidance allowing youth sports and physical education – including school-based, club, and recreational programs – to resume, as long as they are limited to groups of participants who regularly gather, such as a class or organized team, and only when physical distancing of at least six feet can be maintained.

Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent possible.

Sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating, such as tournaments and competitions, are not yet permitted either indoors or outdoors.

“This is an opportunity for young people to stay healthy, stay in shape, and be ready when the State allows team and other group activities to resume,” said San Bernardino County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. The County Health Officer has approved implementation of the guidance within San Bernardino County.

(San Bernardino County Health news release)

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18-year-old U.S. Army Reservist Stationed at Ft. Irwin arrested on child porn charges

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An 18-year-old reserve with the United States Army National Guard stationed at Fort Irwin was arrested for possession of child pornography Wednesday, officials said.

Detectives from multiple agencies conducted a joint investigation involving the suspect, Neal McCoy, a resident of Fridley, Minnesota, and subsequently arrested him on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

McCoy was booked at the High Desert Detention Center for PC 311.11(A) Possession of Child Pornography with a bail set at $100,000. McCoy is scheduled for arraignment on August 7th.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division Crimes Against Children Detail (CAC), Barstow Sheriff’s Station, and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) worked together in their investigation.

In January 2020, VVNG reported on similar arrests after Steven Berg, 38, was arrested by investigators who determined that child pornography was distributed from a home within the base at Fort Irwin.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Brian Arias of the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail at (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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