Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Dust, winds, and fire hits Needles, California.
A strong dust storm hit at around 12:40am PT on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was outside reporting on the strong dust storm when 2 near by utility poles burst and shut off power to Needles, California well strong winds and blowing dust blew at him.
Monsoon Watch 2015: Needles, CA: 6-30-2015: Report 3.
Power went out in the area around West Broadway at Needles Highway and North K Street at Needles Highway for over an hour as well as in Downtown Needles, California for a short moment.
Down utility lines caused a small fire next to a home on top of a hill near West Broadway and K Street.
San Bernardino County Fire Department Station 31 spotted the fire and raced over to the fire.
The home was not damaged and the fire was put out within minutes.
A press release from the San Bernardino County Fire Department was later released to the media regarding this fire.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, “Shortly after midnight, Paramedic Engine 31 serving Needles was investigating a report of power lines down. While driving around the block, the crew noticed what appeared to be a fire on a hill approximately ½ mile away. When the crew arrived on scene, they found a large area of hillside vegetation and a treehouse on fire. The flames were impinging on a home and there was a power line down in the driveway. Crews immediately attacked the fire keeping a safe distance from the power line that had been severed by a lightning strike. After the crew had alleviated the threat to the home, they aggressively attacked the vegetation fire, keeping it from running across the hillside. In all, 12 firefighters responded including 3 Engines, a Brush Patrol, and 2 Battalion Chiefs including an Engine and a Battalion Chief from Mohave Valley Fire Department. Firefighters controlled the fire in about 18 minutes after their arrival. There were no injuries to firefighters or the public during the incident. A “Life Hazard Alert” was broadcast over the radio to alert all firefighters of the downed power line. At the time of the fire, a husband and wife were asleep in the home and reported hearing the thunder/lightning strike. There were multiple storm cells traveling through the area with a large amount of lightning activity. In addition, firefighters were met with gusty winds and driving rain associated with those cells. The San Bernardino County Fire Department would like to remind its residents to NEVER approach downed power lines as they can be deadly. If you encounter a downed power line, call 911 immediately and keep yourself and others away from the danger.”
Lights were knocked around as well as the ceiling at the Jack In The Box on J Street near Third Street.
Metal roof shingles were blown off in the railroad yard near the River Edge Golf Course next to River Street.
Roof shingles from homes were blown off and back on Chestnut Street near West Broadway, D Street near Third Street, C Street near Third Street, M Street near Needles Highway, Needles Highway near O Street, Needles Highway near Q Street, West Broadway near J Street, and I Street near West Broadway with a Jack In The Box sign in the back yard.
An outdoor patio overhang flipped back in the back yard of a home on Walnut Street near M Street.
A tree fell in a yard on M Street near Spruce Street.
Some tree branches fell at Santa Fe Park and in the parking lot of the El Garces Train Depot.
There was some street flooding in portions of Needles, California such as at the intersection of West Broadway and H Street, but the flooded streets were dried out within a few hours.
More information is still coming into ZachNews.