While more than 20 fires burned throughout Southern California last week, Hesperia was spared a conflagration of its own.

Still, the city and its residents felt the effects of the disaster, most notably in the form of smoke that filtered down from the 14,000-acre Slide Fire, the 1,140-acre Grass Valley Fire and smaller Martin and Walker fires that destroyed hundreds of homes in the nearby San Bernardino Mountains. Four days after the fires broke out, a large cloud of smoke settled throughout the Victor Valley. Following a conference call, Hesperia Unified School District Interim Superintendent Mark McKinney and other valley superintendents decided to close all public schools on Friday due to unhealthy air quality.

Area fires also prompted officials to occasionally close the I-15 through the Cajon Pass, which proved troublesome for commuters.

The San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville were used to house pets and livestock that were displaced by the fires.