San Bernardino National Forest

Battalion Chief Witnesses Fire

Burns 160 Acres in Joshua Tree



 San Bernardino County Fire (SBCoFD) units were dispatched August 18th Tuesday at 1:00 P.M. to a reported vegetation fire in the area of Cascade & 4th in the community of Joshua Tree. A San Bernardino National Forest Battalion Chief was passing through the area en-route to the Dome Fire, witnessed a fire from a lightning strike. 

Immediately, the Battalion Chief reported 2-3 acres in light to medium fuels burning in the Local Responsibility Area (LRA) but with a direct threat to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land.  First arriving, to the newest lighting fire, the Cascade Fire, the #SBCoFD Fire-fighting Crews went to work with a priority of keeping the fire South of Broadway Avenue and West of Copper Mountain College Road. Passing thunder-storms created unpredictable and strong winds, fueling the fire the Cascade Fire. Due to the fire’s rate of spread additional San Bernardino County Fire Crews were started to attack the wildfire. 

Within 20 minutes of arrival, the fire had grown to more than 50 acres.  When winds died down, crews engaged the fire directly, utilizing mobile pumping and progressive hose lays. By 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, the fire spread to more than 100 acres. 

Despite the high temperatures, erratic winds and extremely dry vegetation the crews managed to limit the Cascade Fire’s spread to 160 acres. The #SBCoFD Fire-fighting Crews were successful in keeping the fire to LRA lands as well as, they kept the wildfire from spreading to adjacent BLM land. Once the forward rate of spread was stopped, the crews transitioned to working on mop-up operations and containment line construction. The Cascade Fire ultimately burned 160 acres. The Fire Crews remained on-scene well into the afternoon mopping up. 


PHOTOS Courtesy of Chris Nichols

San Bernardino County Fire responded with (3) Medic Engines, (3) Brush Engines, (2) Water Tenders, (2) Battalion Chiefs, a Hand Crew and a Safety Officer. More than 40 #SBCoFD Firefighters worked the fire. While local Firefighters were committed to the incident #SBCoFD move-up apparatus were brought-in to ensure Fire/EMS coverage was uninterrupted. Combat Center also assisted while ME44 (29 Palms) was committed. BLM responded with (2) Engines and a Chief Officer‚Äč.