Early Wednesday morning an evacuation order was lifted for residents near a 900-acre brush fire that erupted around 3:18pm Tuesday. According to officials, the fire started in Chaparral along Highway 330 near Highland Avenue in the San Bernardino National Forest.
Identified as the Mart Fire, by Wednesday morning the fire was 15 percent contained. 560 firefighters were assigned to fight the conflagration, including 41 Engines, five Water Tenders, five Helicopters, six Tankers, two Air Attacks and 12 Hand-crews. In addition, a Type 2 Incident Management Team was requested to manage the incident.
Yesterday, fire officials ordered evacuations for approximately 200 residences in the Highland area: east of Orchard Road, west of Church Street, and north of Highland Avenue. The American Red Cross opened an evacuation center at the Highland YMCA until residents were allowed to return to their homes. Fortunately, no homes or outbuildings were damaged.
According Gerrelaine Alcordo, U.S. Forest Service contact for the San Bernardino National Forest, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Up to date information regarding the Mart Fire is available online at http:// inciweb.nwcg.gov/, by telephone at the Fire Information Center (909) 383-5688, or follow on Twitter @SanBernardinoNF.