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Apr 1, 2015

03:29:30 GMT--Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: WF-20150401-47565-USA

Date / time: 01/04/2015 03:23:52 [UTC]

Event: Forest / Wild Fire

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of California

Location: [Apple Valley]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


Residents of this Apple Valley suburb were forced to evacuate Tuesday as a 70-acre wildfire threatened homes and burned one shed. More than 200 firefighters battled the blaze, which spread quickly but then seemed to be holding at 70 acres, the size officials reported as of 3:45 p.m. Dubbed the River Bottom Fire, the fire has no containment, according to fire officials. "At 11:48 this morning San Bernardino County Fire responded to numerous reports of a vegetation fire in the Mojave Narrows Regional Park," county fire department spokesman Eric Sherwin said in a video posted on Twitter. "(The) first units on scene described a very large column of smoke with a ground fire of two-to-three acres that initially started in light fuels but transitioned quite quickly with the wind into moderate to heavy fuels." A press conference has been set for 7 p.m. at Riverside Drive and Seneca Road to discuss details of the fire, according to Tracey Martinez, spokeswoman for San Bernardino County Fire Department. The cause of the fire is expected to be released. Firefighters said structures to the northeast still faced potential burning Tuesday evening, with an area being evacuated from Riverside Way to Nokomis Road and Riverside Drive to Manitou Road -- an evacuation line that had been extended several times, according to the Sheriff's Department Apple Valley station. "I'm not scared the fire will jump," said 62-year-old Mary Jane Hawthorne. "The smoke is what's getting to me." Hawthorne, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, said she's experienced some smaller scale fires but never one this large. "I lived in Oak Hills a few years back when it caught fire," she said. "It destroyed several homes and wildlife. I never thought it would happen over here." Doreen Hall, who lives on Mandan Road in the area, said officers told her to leave unless she lived there, but she's not clear what the next step should be. "We just got back in town from picking my 88-year old mom up," Hall said. "We came to my daughter's house first because we saw the fire - she's down on Nokomis Court - and when we pulled down the street, the house across the street was on fire, so we evacuated most the stuff we could get. She's 7 months pregnant and has a 1 year old, so we got as much as we could out of the house and most of the stuff here on Mandan and we're waiting to see where we go from here." The fire had been spread by winds gusting from the west at 20 to 30 mph, fueled by humidity between 14 and 17 percent and 79-degree temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

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