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Published on May 13, 2024
Firefighters Battle 'National Fire' in Oro Grande, San Bernardino County, 3 Homes DamagedSource: Unsplash/Matt C

A brush fire in Oro Grande, San Bernardino County, tore through 80 acres before firefighters could contain it to 25 acres, damaging three vacant homes in the process. The blaze dubbed the "National Fire," was battled by more than 200 firefighters, who continued efforts to completely extinguish the flames, as per ABC7.

The fire, which erupted near National Trails Highway, prompted evacuations of structures situated between the Mojave River bottom and the highway. It was reported at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday, and despite the efforts, windy conditions on Sunday night helped the fire to grow, reaching close to 84 acres at one point before the area was downsized, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, according to the Daily Press.

Two of the damaged structures were mobile homes, and one house had existing damage from a previous fire, as stated by officials. While many homes in the evacuated area were vacant, residents still faced the peril of an encroaching fire that showed zero containment late Sunday. No injuries have been reported thus far amid the conflagration.

Smoke from the fire spread into neighboring Apple Valley, troubling residents with breathing issues. One resident, plagued by the smoke, told the Daily Press that the air quality forced him to leave the area. The National Trails Highway was closed in both directions as the fire agencies continued to contain the situation.