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Apr 28, 2015

05:37:06 GMT--Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: WF-20150428-47979-USA
Date / time: 28/04/2015 05:31:14 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of California
Location: Yucaipa [Near to Crafton Hills College]
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


Firefighters contained two small brushfires dubbed the Sand Fire Monday afternoon in less than an hour near Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, according to fire and emergency officials. "Originally the fire was threatening the college," CalFire spokeswoman Deb Chapman said. "With an aggressive attack we were able to keep it from reaching the campus." The first fire broke out shortly after 4 p.m. near the corner of Campus Drive and Sand Canyon Road. Firefighters quickly knocked the half-acre blaze down when another fire broke out nearby, she added. "That fire charred 13 acres, and both were fully contained by 4:40 p.m.," Chapman said. She said fire officials expected full control of the fire by midnight. As firefighters battled the blaze Crafton Hills administrators made the decision to evacuate the campus and cancelled all classes for the night, Students were advised to exit from the west entrance. A large plume of smoke could be seen for miles. No structures are in danger of being burned. Water-dropping helicopters, CalFire, San Bernardino County and City Fire, Rialto Fire, Redlands Fire, Yucaipa Fire, Loma Linda Fire, and USFS all joined together to battle the blaze.

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