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HesperiaStar.com
  • Holiday weekend proves busy for firefighters

    Fireworks, earthquake and storms cause havoc
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  • Local fire department personnel were kept busy Friday as climbing temperatures in the south sparked fires, afternoon storms led to car crashes in the northern desert and illegal fireworks lit up the desert all night.
    “We had a high volume of calls, which was expected,” San Bernardino County Fire Department spokesman Jay Hausman said. “Holidays, especially the Fourth of July, bring in high call volumes because people are out enjoying the weather and the holiday. Friday was exceptionally busy, with a multitude of calls not just for fires, but for assistance, medical and, of course, fireworks.”
    Hausman said Friday began with a house fire in Hesperia that broke out at about 1:45 p.m. and destroyed a home in the 7300 block of Oxford Avenue.
    A collision at Highway 395 and Bear Valley Road at about 3 p.m. then had firefighters airlifting two victims to trauma centers Hausman said. At Wild Wash Road and Interstate 15, monsoonal storms began dropping large amounts of rain and a single-car rollover at 3:48 p.m. resulted in one victim being airlifted in critical condition, according to Hausman.
    Less than one hour later, Hausman said, a house fire broke out in the 13600 block of Adele Street in Victorville. Firefighters responded to the scene just after 4:45 p.m. and found the porch of a home on fire. The homeowner assisted fire personnel in knocking the fire down before it spread to the rest of the home. Hausman said one more structure fire at a carport in an apartment complex in the 16900 block of Nisqualli Road in Victorville just before midnight damaged multiple cars but was knocked down before it spread.  
    Firefighters throughout the area then began patrolling for illegal fireworks and watching for brush and vegetation fires.
    “We responded to several vegetation and grass fires throughout the evening,” Hausman said. “It’s keeping our investigators very busy. One fire in Hesperia has been determined to be caused by fireworks, it threatened a structure briefly, but was knocked down before it spread. The rest of the fires are still under investigation.”
    Apple Valley Fire Protection District spokesman Jason Nailon said firefighters in the Apple Valley area were also busy all Friday night with illegal fireworks and what “seemed to be a record turnout” at the Apple Valley Freedom Festival.
    On Saturday, Hausman said a 4.6 earthquake in Big Bear Lake at about 10 a.m. had firefighters on standby mode, requiring all vehicles to be pulled out of supply bays in case other quakes occurred. A monsoonal flow over the desert larger than Friday’s and the possibility of lightning strikes created the potential for dangerous situations and wildfire activity throughout Saturday. 
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