80 Acre Brush Fire In Summit Valley Threatened Homes, Closed Roads

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Hesperia)- – A vegetation fire burned about 82 acres in the Summit Valley area today, according to County Fire officials.  Several homes were threatened and Summit Valley Road was closed near the Hesperia Airport.

The 2nd alarm brush fire was first reported as three separate fires east of Hwy 138 and south of Summit Valley Road in the area of Little Horsethief Canyon around 8:40am.

Resources from CAL FIRE, The San Bernardino National Forest, the San Bernardino County Fire Department and various local fire departments responded to keep the flames in check. There were also two water dropping helicopters and two CAL FIRE S-2 air tankers assigned to the fire along with two bulldozers. More than 100 firefighters and fire crew members fought the fire as the three small fires burned into one.

The fire threatened two homes as the flames driven by the wind raced up the dry hillsides but the homes had defensible space and firefighters were able to defend the homes with no damage to any of the structures, according to officials.

Summit Valley Road is closed from the Hesperia Airport to Hwy 138, expected to open this evening around 6pm.

Another fire was reported in Lucerne Valley in the area north of Hwy 18 and west of Rabbit Springs Rd.  As of the 3:00pm update the fire was at 40 acres and burning in an area of steep terrain with brush and rocks.

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