Mile fire is 50 percent contained, holding at 100 acres – California News

Mile fire is 50 percent contained, holding at 100 acres – California News

Firefighters on Tuesday, Aug. 1, were making progress on the 100-acre Mile fire that was burning near Waterman Canyon north of San Bernardino, a San Bernardino National Forest spokeswoman said.

The fire was holding at 100 acres and was 50 percent contained as of early Tuesday afternoon, said spokeswoman Gerrelaine Alcordo.

The blaze was reported shortly after 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 31, off Highway 18.

Nine firefighters, three from the Forest Service and six others from assisting agencies, were taken to the hospital for heat-related injuries.

An inmate firefighter who was injured — and stationed far from medical personnel — was hoisted 105 feet into the air by a sheriff’s helicopter before being placed into an ambulance and taken to the hospital.

Highway 18 was closed for several hours after the fire broke out, but fire officials announced around 7 p.m. Monday that it had reopened.

Alcordo said Old Waterman Canyon Road remained closed, but noted that it will likely reopen soon.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation on Tuesday afternoon. San Bernardino Police Department spokeswoman Eileen Hards said police were working with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and San Bernardino County Fire Department to identify how it might have started.

Hards said that two people were detained in the area of the fire Monday afternoon, but they were not arrested.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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