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Crews battle highway fire burning near Silverwood Lake in Hesperia – VVNG.com

HESPERIA, CA (VVNG.com) — Fire crews are battling a wildfire near Silverwood Lake that has grown to approximately 50 acres and was started by an alleged armed suspect.

The ‘highway fire’ incident was first reported at 5:04 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2022, in the area of ​​Highway 173 and State Route 138.

According to California Highway Patrol incident records, the fire was started by the reporting party’s brother and he was likely armed. Fire crews arrived at the scene and were told to leave the area until police authorities secured the scene.

By the time crews were cleared, the fire had grown to approximately 5 acres and was burning in brush along the south side of the highway at a moderate rate of spread.

Around 7:20 p.m., the Cal Fire BDU reported the fire was 40-50 acres in size and three structures were destroyed. Firefighters are faced with changing winds in the fire area.

The fire is under the combined command of the San Bernardino County Fire Department and the Cal Fire BDU. Allocated resources and equipment include 13 engines, 2 water tenders, 2 bulldozers, 2 hand crews, 2 air tankers, 3 helos and 1 air strike.

Officials confirmed that the suspect was taken into custody and it was not known what type of weapon he was armed with.

Roads are closed along Highway 173 from Las Flores Road to the intersection of Highway 138 until further notice.

SRA Silverwood Lake has confirmed that the fire is not currently a threat to the park and motorists should expect major traffic delays.

This is a developing story and additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

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Crews battle highway fire burning near Silverwood Lake in Hesperia – VVNG.com

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