Three structures reportedly were burned in a vegetation fire that broke out Friday at the southern border of Hesperia, near where Highway 138 meets Highway 173 in San Bernardino County.
The fire was initially reported just after 5 p.m. at about five acres with a moderate rate of spread. By 8:30 p.m., the fire had burned 28 acres according to aerial mapping and forward progress of the fire stopped, Cal Fire San Bernardino Unit said in a tweet.
Two homes were burned and one outhouse destroyed. Fire crews were expected to remain through the night to battle any lasting flames.
#HighwayFire Update 30 acres 2 structures destroyed multiple remain threatened. Unified Command with @SBCOUNTYFIRE 13 engines, 2 water tenders, 2 bulldozers, 2 hand crews, 2 Air Tankers, 3 helos, 1 air attack assigned. Under investigation. @SanBernardinoNF pic.twitter.com/vYj3mml0vG
— CAL FIRE BDU (@CALFIREBDU) July 30, 2022
A CHP incident log reported that a man may have intentionally started the fire. Two suspects also were detained, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Mara Rodriguez said.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation.
Highway 173 from Highway 138 to Las Flores was closed through the night.
The Silverwood Lake State Recreational Area said around 6 p.m. there was no threat to the park.
This is the second time a fire has broken out in the area. Last month, the fire’s progress was stopped at about 95 acres.