Mile fire above San Bernardino holding at 100 acres; Highway 18 still closed – California News

Mile fire above San Bernardino holding at 100 acres; Highway 18 still closed – California News




SAN BERNARDINO >> Firefighters have stopped the spread of a 100-acre vegetation fire that broke out Monday in Waterman Canyon, a San Bernardino National Forest spokeswoman said.

However, there are no containment lines in place around the flames yet, and Highway 18 remains closed.

No evacuations have been ordered and no structures are threatened, fire officials said.

Four firefighters were taken to the hospital with heat-related injuries.

• Map: This is where the Mile fire is burning above San Bernardino

The Mile fire was reported shortly after 1:30 p.m. off Highway 18, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Firefighters arrived to find it had already burned 70-100 acres and was spreading rapidly.

National Forest spokeswoman Gerrelaine Alcordo confirmed shortly after 3 p.m. that the fire was holding at 100 acres. It’s burning to the northeast toward Arrowhead Peak, but light winds were allowing firefighters to slow the flames, she said.

About 200 firefighters are at the scene, the Forest Service said, along with helicopters and air tankers that are dropping water and fire retardant to stop the flames.

Highway 18 is closed between 40th Street in San Bernardino and Highway 138 in the Crestline area in the mountains. Officials have no estimate for when it will reopen. A California Highway Patrol log said the closure was due to both the fire and all the firefighting equipment in the area.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department is leading the investigation into the fire’s cause.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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