Los Angeles County Parks Department had been issued a permit to start a controlled burn fire to clear cattails in the Mojave Narrows, which strong winds soon caused it to spread uncontrollably after it was lit just before noon Tuesday. Strong winds soon caused it to spread uncontrollably after it was lit just before noon Tuesday.
Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations were lifted overnight, Residents were able evacuate to Sitting Bull Middle School.
Morning Update: SBCoFire and Sheriff personnel flew fire this morning & mapped the burn area at 185 acres. Expect heavy burning in riverbed today.
Morning briefing at River Bottom Incident pic.twitter.com/yGUtTNmJ7nResident Bonnie Penfold, whose Humvee was destroyed by the flames, was unhappy the blaze had been started deliberately.
— SB County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) April 1, 2015
Firefighters worked overnight to get to grips with the blaze, and it was 30 percent controlled by 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Location: San Bernardino County between Victorville and Apple Valley.
IA: 70 acres 30-percent contained by Wednesday morning, per San Bernardino County Fire Department. @SBCOUNTYFIRE with 200 firefighters and aircraft battling the brush fire at a dry river bottom.
Sources: SB County Fire Twitter and http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Evacuations-Ordered-Apple-Valley-Brush-Fire-River-Bottom-298211221.html