MART WildFire in Highland

State Route RE-OPENED 9:55 P.M.


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U.S. FOREST SERVICE, San Bernardino, California, June 27, 2017 

Firefighters are battling a wildland fire east of San Bernardino and north of Highland.  The fire began shortly after 3:00 P.M., and quickly grew to over 900 acres.

Over 560 firefighters from the US Forest Service, San Bernardino County Fire, CALFIRE BDU, and several local agencies are working to contain the fire. The fire caused Hwy 330 between I-210 and Live Oak Drive in Running Springs to be shut down for several hours.  Highway 330 was reopened at 9:55 PM. Mountain residents and visitors are asked to drive cautiously and expect firefighters and equipment near the highway.

Evacuations were ordered for approximately 200 residences in the Highland area; east of Orchard Road, west of Church Street, and north of Highland Avenue, and the American Red Cross briefly opened an evacuation center at the Highland YMCA before residents were allowed to return home at 8:15 P.M.  No homes or outbuildings were damaged.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 


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Quick Fire Facts

Fire Start Date: June 27, 2017

Fire Report Time: 3:18pm

Location: (geographic location) East of San Bernardino, CA.

Acres: 902 

Fire Cause: Under Investigation

Fire Fighters Assigned: 560

Fire Engines: 41                                                                                                                                                     Fire Crews: 12

Fire Dozers: 4

Helicopters: 5 (including 1 night flying)

Air Tankers: 6 including VLAT (DC-10)

Air Attack: 2

Road Closures: None

Evacuations: None

Weather: Warm, Dry, with moderate winds

Terrain: Mountainous and steep

Cooperating Agencies: San Bernardino Country Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections, CALFIRE BDU, American Red Cross




Initial Fire Breakout Tuesday 3:40 P.M.

The Mart Fire (named Mart because of the origin of the wildfire started near the Walmart store in the Highland vicinity and the popular State Route 330 to State Route 18 to the San Bernardino Mountain communities of Running Springs, Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake and others) began around 3:18 P.M. Tuesday June 27th.

The fire quickly grew to 902 acres, with 0 percent containment. Within a short-time 500 Fire Fighters with the U.S.Forest Service were assigned to the incident, including: 41 Engines, 5 Water Tenders, 5 Helos, 6 Tankers, 2 Air Attacks and 12 Hand-crews. Fire suppression repair of roads, dozer and hand constructed hand lines, and back haul of fire hose and related equipment will continue.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered by the San Bernardino County Sheriff  of residents near Orchard Road, North of Highland Avenue and West of Church Street. An evacuation center was set-up at Highland YMCA at 7793 Central Avenue, Highland, CA 92346. Pets were taken to the Devore Animal Shelter at 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, CA 92407.

San Bernardino County Sheriff cancelled the evacuation order late evening and allowed evacuees to return to their homes. 

ROAD CLOSURES – State Route 330 closed from Interstate 210 to Live Oak Drive near Running Springs. Motorists heading to Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs, Arrowbear, Green Valley Lake use re-routed to State Route 18 or State Route 38.

Arrowbear, Big Bear and Running Springs residents did see and smell smoke. Residents of the high desert (Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley) were aware of the smoke column to the south.