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East Highland fire, known as the Bridge fire, quickly grows to 350 acres, fire officials say

By in Press Enterprise on July 14, 2017

By Doug Saunders

The #BridgeFire ripping through fuels. pic.twitter.com/Lr1Hb15csE

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HIGHLAND >> A 350-acre fire quickly ripped through dry brush in the foothills of the San Bernardino National Forest – but didn’t immediately threaten structures, fire officials say.

The fire, dubbed the Bridge fire, began off Greenspot Road and Santa Ana Canyon Road. Greenspot Road was closed at Iron Bridge south for about a half-mile.

The blaze was 5 percent contained, as of 6 p.m.

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More than 250 personnel – including multiple fixed wing aircraft with fire retardant – were battling the blaze in 90-degree temperatures and 26 percent humidity, fire officials say. The lower the humidity, the drier the fuels are.

Flames ate up the dry fuels in Highland and led the fire directly into the foothills.

As the flames burned, hundreds of locusts swarmed out of the flames.

It is the third major fire in Highland in the past month.

The Mart fire broke out June 27 in a field behind a Walmart on Highland Avenue near Highway 330, burning more than 600 acres.

The blaze quickly required officials to order the evacuation about 200 homes in the area. Residents were allowed to return to their homes in the early-evening hours.

Then on Wednesday, the Hidden fire began 1 mile north of Highland Avenue on the west side of Highway 330. That blaze ended up charring 46 acres. As of Friday morning, it was 95 percent contained.

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