CALFIRE SUSPENDS OUTSIDE RESIDENTIAL BURNING

As drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region, CAL FIRE has suspended all burn permits for outdoor open residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of San Bernardino County. This suspension takes effect at 6:00 a.m. June 1, and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris,

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SQUATTERS START FIRE IN JOSHUA TREE THURSDAY NIGHT

Squatters are believed to be responsible for a fire in Joshua Tree Thursday night. According to Fire Captain Donnie Viloria, a Morongo Basin Ambulance crew smelled the smoke, investigated, discovered the fire in the 6400 block of Sunset Road, and called 911 just after 9:30. Aggressive action by firefighters from

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SMALL ELECTRICAL FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Twentynine Palms firefighters made quick work of a fire at a Southern California Edison substation yesterday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, just before 6:30 p.m, a malfunction ignited a transformer at the substation located on the highway at Hendys Road, on the west end of Twentynine Palms. SoCal

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YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS FOLLOWING FRIDAY MORNING FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless following a fire Friday morning. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, Yucca Valley firefighters were dispatched at 11:22 a.m. to a medical aid call in the 6300 block of Richard Drive, but on their way there, it was changed to a structure fire.

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BREAKING NEWS: YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS FOLLOWING FRIDAY MORNING FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless following a fire Friday morning. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, Yucca Valley firefighters were dispatched at 11:22 a.m. to a medical aid call in the 6300 block of Richard Drive, but on their way there, it was changed to a structure fire.

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FIRE AT BURRTEC FRIDAY REKINDLES SATURDAY

Firefighters were called back Saturday evening to the scene of a fire at Burrtec, when smoldering trash re-ignited. About 5:15 p.m. Friday, trash inside a half-acre enclosure caught on fire, and units from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, CalFire, the Combat Center, and Twentynine Palms all responded.

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ALL-STAR BURGERS FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY CAUSES EXTENSIVE SMOKE DAMAGE

Yucca Valley firefighters were also called to All Star Burgers in Yucca Valley early Sunday morning. County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff said passers-by called 911 at 12:53 a.m. to report the restaurant was filled with smoke. When firefighters arrived, the smoke had filled the restaurant almost to the floor. Firefighters

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FIRE DESTROYS A TWENTYNINE PALMS AREA HOME

A Twentynine Palms home was severely damaged in a fire Wednesday morning. Just after 11 a.m., Twentynine Palms firefighters were dispatched to a fire near Bluegrass Avenue and Valley Vista Road in the Desert Heights area of Twentynine Palms. Firefighters were initially hampered by a lack of information concerning the

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HOSPITAL PATIENT ON OXYGEN INJURED AFTER LIGHTING CIGARETTE

A patient on oxygen at Hi-Desert Medical Center was injured and started a small fire yesterday after he lit a cigarette while in his bed. According to Joshua Tree firefighters, the bed caught on fire about 2:15 p.m. The patient, identified only as being in his 50s, suffered inhalation burns

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SPILLED GAS PLUS SHOP VAC EQUALS TWO BURNED OUT CARS

A Marine learned yesterday that using a shop vac to clean up spilled gasoline probably isn’t such a good idea. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, Benjamin Potter, 27, had spilled gas in the back of his Jeep parked under a carport in the 801 Housing area off

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SIX NEW COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS COMING TO THE MORONGO BASIN

The fire stations in Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree will be receiving new firefighters this weekend. Graduation from the county fire department’s intensive, six-days-a-week training academy for fire fighters is today. Of the 28 cadets who entered the training program 10 weeks ago, six will be coming to the Morongo

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A COMMERCIAL STRUCTURE FIRE IN MORONGO VALLEY

Morongo Valley fire fighters were called to a commercial structure fire Monday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Jeff Rarey, an alarm went out at 12:16 p.m. from the Village Mart, on the corner of Senilis and the Highway. The store’s coolers had an electrical malfunction, which charged the building with

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SMALL VEGETATION FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY EARLY MONDAY

Yucca Valley firefighters responded to a small vegetation fire northwest of Paradise Park early this morning that is “suspicious in origin.” About 3 a.m., a fire, less than a quarter acre in size, was burning trash, weeds, and grass about a couple hundred yards off the road near Balsa and

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TWO SUSPICIOUS FIRES IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Sheriff’s arson squad is investigating two suspicious fires in Yucca Valley Thursday. About 5:45 p.m., fire fighters from Joshua Tree were on a medical aid call in Yucca Valley when they saw smoke coming from behind the Airway Medical Center. They arrived to find a dumpster fully involved in

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ABANDONED MORONGO VALLEY HOMESTEAD DESTROYED BY FIRE

An abandoned homestead in Morongo Valley was destroyed by fire Sunday evening. Shortly before 7 p.m., multiple witnesses informed Morongo Valley fire fighters that billowing black smoke could be seen from a structure fire in the 51000 block of Aspen Drive. Fire fighters from Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, and Cal

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FIREFIGHTERS HOLD RESCUE DRILL LAST WEEK

Last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, nearly two dozen fire fighters from San Bernardino County, the Combat Center, CalFire, and Morongo Valley gathered behind the old Walmart building in Yucca Valley to practice how to rescue a fire fighter who’s fallen through a roof. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE SENDS FATHER AND THREE CHILDREN TO HOSPITAL WITH SMOKE INHALATION

A Twentynine Palms man and his three young children suffered smoke inhalation from a fire in their home last night. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson, about 9 p.m. the father had gone outside to lock his vehicle, and while he was outside, one of his children picked

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FIRE DESTROYS JOSHUA TREE HOME, RV TRAILERS, SHED

An extension cord being used to power a swamp cooler is blamed for a fire in Joshua Tree Sunday afternoon that completely destroyed a home, two travel trailers, a shed, and a vehicle. About 4 p.m., fire fighters from Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, the Combat Center, and Morongo

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SILVER FIRE IN BANNING BRINGS SMOKE INTO OUR MORONGO BASIN

Bringing thick smoke into the Morongo Basin communities, the nearby Silver Fire near Banning grew to 16,000 acres as 1,400 firefighters from 84 engine companies work ton control of the fast-moving blaze. Some communities have been evacuated and Highway 243 is closed from San Gorgonio Avenue in Banning to Marion

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