Friday’s vegetation fire scorches 23 acres along Highway 38

CAL Fire air tankers drop retardant on the fire late Friday afternoon.

A plume of smoke was spotted mid-afternoon near Highway 38 last Friday, April 26. Yucaipa Fire Chief Grant Malinowski said the fire along Highway 38 was north east of Bryant Street and about half a mile up from the ranger station. The flames jumped to both sides of the highway, causing the roads to close in both directions. CAL Fire air tankers dropped retardant and several fire agencies responded to the fire.

Lead agency CAL Fire received assistance from the U.S. Forest Service and San Bernardino County Fire, fire agencies from Redlands, San Manuel, Loma Linda and Colton. CHP  and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were also present.

The brush and grass fire was ultimately stopped at 23.2 acres. Flames were contained at 4:50 p.m., but not controlled.

Fire reports indicated that traffic along Highway 38 finally opened in both directions at 7:40 p.m. As of Sunday evening, the fire was 99 percent controlled.

The official cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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