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Spring Fire Burns 50 Acres; Full Containment Expected Thursday



HESPERIA, CA:( The Spring Fire in the city of Hesperia has burned 50 acres and full containment is expected Thursday morning, officials said.

On Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 4:50 p.m. San Bernardino County Fire received reports of a vegetation fire near forest service road 2N33 and the Cedar Springs Dam near Lake Silverwood.

Due to the area being in the mutual threat zone for both local, federal and state responsibility areas a response from County Fire, Cal Fire, and the United States Forest Service was dispatched. This response included aircraft as well as multiple engine companies, hand crews, and bulldozers.

With a threat to the City of Hesperia’s jurisdiction as well as State responsibility area; San Bernardino County Fire Department and Cal Fire entered into a unified command.

First arriving crews from the Forest Service reported an approximately 1/4 acre wind driven fire moving into medium to heavy brush. Subsequent arriving ground resources supported hose lays and handline construction. The operation on the ground was supported by numerous fixed and rotary wing aircraft including San Bernardino Sheriff Air Rescue 306. By nightfall, it was reported that aggressive air attack and ground resources had halted the spread of the fire and it was holding at approximately 50 acres. There are no structures threatened and incident commanders hope to reach full containment sometime tomorrow morning.

Today’s incident dubbed the “Spring Fire” occurred just west of where the Pilot Fire threatened numerous homes on August 7th of this year. The Pilot Fire burned over 8,000 acres and was contained several days later. Today’s incident was located within the City limits of Hesperia and thanks to the multi-agency effort this fire was kept from spreading further into the city limits.

Crews will remain on scene throughout the night securing containment lines and mopping up hotspots. At the time of this release, the fire is considered to be 50% contained and there are no injuries to firefighters or civilians and the cause is under investigation.

(source: San Bernardino County Fire)