Hill Fire Prompts County to Declare State of Emergency

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(Best Syndication News) As more fire personnel pour into the Oak Hills area of San Bernardino County to fight the Hill Fire, which started around noon on Friday, the county Board of Supervisors declared a Local State of Emergency.

The fire is now 60 percent contained after the number of firefighters jumped to 953. Low winds over the nighttime hours helped. It is not unusual for the winds to die-down in the high desert at night.

The current temperature at 2:30 pm is 89.7 degrees. The relative humidity is 20 percent and the wind is blowing 10 mph. Yesterday the fire burned from the I-15 in the Cajon Pass into Oak Hills, just West of Hesperia.

At 2 pm the mandatory evacuation was lifted. Residents will need to show a drivers license on other proof of residency to enter the Oak Hills area. Yesterday the are east of Baldy Mesa but south of Mesquite was evacuated.

The fire has consumer 1,158 acres. Two houses have been destroyed as county firefighters, along with Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service, tried to get a handle on the fire.

There is still a lot of equipment working the fire. The DC-10 is still dropping fire repellent. Meanwhile, there are 2 other airtankers, 2 helicopters, 13 watertenders, and 2 bulldozers working the flames. There are still 27 handcrews on the scene.

In order to recoup some of the cost of the fire, the county has declared a local state of emergency. “It is hereby proclaimed, that a local emergency is declared throughout the county”. Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales signed the declaration around noon Saturday.

By: Dan Wilson



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