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50-acre Meyers fire erupts in Devore area; no evacuations ordered

By in Press Enterprise on December 6, 2017

By Stephen Ramirez, Brian Whitehead

A fire started by a downed power line in the Devore area north of San Bernardino burned 50 acres Tuesday before its forward progress was stopped, fire officials say.

Cal Fire San Bernardino said firefighters will “babysit” the blaze Tuesday night to make sure it doesn’t rekindle.

The Meyers fire started about 2 p.m. at West Meyers and Martin Ranch roads, according to a U.S. Forest Service official and a California Highway Patrol incident log. That’s in the Verdemont neighborhood, just east of the 215 Freeway before it meets the 15 at the base of the Cajon Pass.

No evacuation orders were announced, according to Cal Fire San Bernardino, which also said via Twitter at 2:50 p.m. that crews and air tankers were making good progress.

Dan Durst, principal at North Verdemont Elementary, said the fire promoted some parents to pick their children up from school early.

Durst, seen on the corner at about 1:45 p.m. communicating with staffers via walkie-talkie, said students had been following inclement weather protocol all day.

“Vicious,” he called the winds.

Closer to the blaze, Suzanne Hedeman waited for her husband in her car while following an emergency email chain for residents of the neighborhood buzzing with updates.

The Hedemans built a fire safe house years ago and at times have gone several days without power, Suzanne Hedeman said. If there were ever a family prepared for such circumstances.

While unfazed by the fire, Hedeman — like many of her neighbors, she said — wanted to get home to her dogs and horses.

The Meyers fire was burning just north of the Little Mountain fire in San Bernardino. A truck is also on fire on the shoulder on the southbound 15 just past Glen Helen Parkway, according to Caltrans. The fires had prompted Caltrans to close a number of freeways in that area:

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