FIRE Held In
San Bernardino County Fire
evening, a trucking supply yard containing 2-3 acres of semi-trucks, shipping
containers, equipment and parts suffered damage last night as a wind-whipped
evening fire threatened to consume dozens more vehicles as well as disrupt
traffic along the nearby I-10 freeway. With quick action crews were able to
save the majority of vehicles and equipment in the yard.
8:P.M. San Bernardino County Fire Department Crews from Battalion 1 in Fontana received reports of what was initially
described as a vegetation fire but had been immediately changed to a commercial structure fire at a supply
and storage yard abutting the freeway. A large column of smoke and flames could
be seen for several miles as first-in units reported heavy fire engulfing a
storage-type structure and several vehicles while torching adjacent trees.
winds in the area between 25-40 mph, crews first contended with difficult
access, as the crowded lot kept units from immediately reaching the main
portion of fire. Lot employees assisted with helping firefighters gain access.
Once crews were in position, they initiated an aggressive fire attack,
deploying hose lines from multiple
and were able to bring the fire under control in less than 30 minutes. A SBCFD water tender was used to shuttle
water since water supply in the area was limited.
residential structures on the periphery of the property were not impacted.
the heavy winds, smoke was reported to be blowing across the I-10 freeway,
disrupting traffic and causing concern. The quick knockdown of the fire helped
ensure no accidents occurred.
Fontana Police and California Highway Patrol assisted with
traffic issues and secured the scene. The cause of the fire remains under
Fire crews in Fontana regularly deal with the complexities strong winds add to
the fire. Crews prepare for wind events by monitoring forecasts and initiate
fire suppression tactics accordingly. A wind advisory remains in effect for the
area until at least noon Sunday, January 25.