News Update!!: Needles, CA: Small brush fire put out again along westbound Interstate 40.
Fire department crews were busy in Needles, California putting out a small brush fire, then a flare up later of the small brush fire after mop up and departing, all happening near a dry wash bridge along the right lane of westbound Interstate 40, just west of Needles Highway, in Needles, California on Saturday, December 26th, 2015.
Accounting to the California Highway Patrol’s Traffic Incident Information Page, the call of the small brush fire was reported at around 11:53am PT.
San Bernardino County Fire Department and Mohave Valley Fire Department arrived at the small brush fire and began to put out the small brush fire as well as clear near by vegetation.
The California Highway Patrol had to close the right lane of westbound Interstate 40 as well as the on ramp to westbound Interstate 40 at Needles Highway which left motorists having to go to Park Road as a detour to get onto westbound Interstate 40.
Before 3:20pm PT, no more smoke was seen and fire department crews were finishing mopping up the area just before leaving the area, and the right lane on westbound Interstate 40 and on ramp to westbound Interstate 40 was soon to be reopen.
But then, accounting to the California Highway Patrol’s Traffic Incident Information Page, a call that the small brush fire has flared back up was reported at around 4:45pm PT.
Over the police scanner, the San Bernardino County Fire Department returned back to the area of the earlier reported small brush fire and began to put of the flare ups.
Those flare up were put out and fire department crews are monitoring the area in case of any more flare ups.
The cause of the small brush fire is under investigation, including if this was cause by a lit cigarette or somebody trying to stay warm by starting a fire.
Because of the lack of homeless facilities in Needles, California, there has been small brush fires in the past that was caused by somebody who was homeless just trying to keep warm.
A reminder to everybody, please do not throw your lit cigarette out of your vehicle in a wind storm for that can also start a small brush fire.
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