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Fire on Little Mountain San Bernardino County burns homes, others



A fire on Little Mountain in San Bernardino County is spreading rapidly. Monday night, burning 20 acres and damaging at least three homes, fire officials said.

The fire started shortly after 5 p.m. Monday in thick brush near West 39th Street and North Severance Avenue.

Jimmy Schiller, a field public information officer with San Bernardino County Fire, has been evacuated several times , Schiller said.

"Some people have refused to leave their homes," he said.

"When the fire department asks you to leave, go, "said Schiller, a firefighter and paramedic.

At least 1

00 firefighters were on the scene Monday evening, including 16 fire engines, four chiefs, and two hand crews. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department aviation unit assisted with water drops.

Children in nearby after-school programs sheltered in place at 5:30 p.m. San Bernardino City Unified School District.

There are few hydrants in the Little Mountain area. Crews had a limited water supply, with water tenders running up and down the hill to resupply.

Multiple power lines were down in the area. Crews wants to spend the rest of the night putting out hot spots, Schiller said.

Little Mountain is an area prone to fires, in part because it is in the direct path of wind that comes through a nearby mountain pass, Schiller said. Firefighters regularly perform prescribed burns in the area. About three months ago, the agency burned about 100 acres to help with fire risk, he said.

However, with wind, dry conditions and a limited water supply.

"It's a recipe for an unfortunate afternoon," Schiller said.

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