By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: San Bernardino County Fire District (Information):
Needles, California: Firefighters responded to multiple reports of a small tire and vegetation fire that was burning in desert ravine just east of Erin Drive.
Multiple calls began coming into 911 dispatch at around 6:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021.
Initial reports the vegetation fire went from near J Street and West Broadway to near the Motel 6 off J Street.
Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire District’s Station 32 arrived to the area off Morris Street, but crews had to go around toward where Motel 6 because of heavy access issues getting through the desert ravine.
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez rushed over to where the reported vegetation fire area, noticing near Motel 6 smoke as firefighters arrived to the parking lot in the back of Motel 6.
Well heading toward Motel 6, an glow of flames were spotted by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez in a desert ravine just east of Erin Drive where the roadway make a big U.
ZachNews began using his camera light to alert firefighters where the fire was located.
Firefighters saw the light from the camera, and began heading towards the direction where ZachNews was located.
Firefighters arrived to found tires and vegetation burning in the desert ravine.
Firefighters began to put out the fire as deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station arrived to the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but this area has seen several fire in the desert ravine in the few years; deliberately set and near small homeless encampment.
I possible sound of a dog in the distance in the desert ravine area; going away from the fire, but unknown that was anybody walking with a dog away from the scene or just a lost dog walking around in the desert.
If you have any information regarding the cause of the small vegetation fire, please contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200 or San Bernardino County Fire District’s Station 32 at: 1 (760) 326-2833.
Great work to all of the firefighters, emergency personnel and law enforcement who responded.