Update 10:15 a.m., Monday, Sept. 26: The Manzanita Fire stood at an estimated 30 acres Monday morning, slightly larger than the estimate two days prior, but firefighters made significant gains during that time to hold the blaze at about 70% containment, a San Bernardino National Forest spokesperson told the Daily Press. The responding agencies have three "hotshot crews," four fire engines and one water tender assigned to the scene at this time.
Update 12:06 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25: The stretch of State Route 330 that closed for nearly a day due to the fire had reopened Saturday and remained so Sunday, per Caltrans' website. Representatives from various responding agencies didn't respond Sunday to requests for an update on the state of the fire.
Update 10:54 a.m, Saturday, Sept. 24: Firefighters held the fire overnight to 27 acres with no growth observed. After working through the night, they now have 15% containment. Air and ground resources will continue full suppression tactics throughout Saturday, San Bernardino National Forest officials reported.
Update 6:43 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23: The San Bernardino National Forest reported that a quick response and aggressive action by firefighters has held the fire to 27 acres, halting forward spread along the ridge top. Crews will remain on scene overnight working to contain fire. Responding agencies include SBC Fire, Cal Fire, Running Springs Fire Rescue, the SBC Sheriff’s Department, Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol.
Firefighters responded Friday afternoon to the Manzanita Fire, which sparked nearly 3-miles south of Running Springs in the San Bernardino National Forest.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department reported at 3:45 p.m. the 50-acre wildfire off Highway 330 southwest of Running Springs and Old City Creek roads.
At 4:40 p.m. Friday, San Bernardino County Fire Department reported firefighters were making "good progress" fighting the fire.
— San Bernardino County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) September 23, 2022
Highway 330 is shut down from the bottom of the highway to Running Springs, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Fire crews and air tankers have been dispatched to the area to help fight the fire, according to emergency scanner reports.
Smoke from the start of the fire was quickly spotted by several High Desert residents, who contacted the Daily Press.
Earlier this month, firefighters fought the Radford Fire south of Big Bear Lake. That fire started on Labor Day near the Snow Summit Ski Resort. The blaze burned more than 1,000 acres. The cause is under investigation.
This is a breaking story. Check back for more details as they become available.
Daily Press reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz
SBCO: SR-330 closed in both directions due to brush fire from Highland Ave to Live Oak. Unknown duration of reopening. Avoid area as emergency services respond to the situation. #Caltrans8 pic.twitter.com/dqWCUyaKbO
— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) September 23, 2022
— dcozad (@dcozad) September 23, 2022
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