Fire on Highway 330 north of Highland prompts SigAlert
Firefighters jumped on a vegetation fire north of Highland on Highway 330 — the mountain highway heading to the Big Bear area – on Wednesday afternoon.
It’s at least the fifth fire that has burned in the area in the past month.
The blaze broke out shortly before 3 p.m. on Highway 330 about a mile north of Highland Avenue, fire officials said.
A SigAlert was initiated, closing the highway for about three hours while firefighters were on scene.
It charred about 2 acres of tall grass and chaparral before firefighters gained control of the blaze.
Aircraft and additional units dispatched to the fire were released from the assignment.
Though officials didn’t know the cause of the blaze Wednesday afternoon, arson investigators were dispatched to the scene.
Several fires were have burned in the area since late June.
The Mart fire broke out June 27 in a field behind a Walmart on Highland Avenue near Highway 330, burning more than 600 acres.
Then on July 12, the Hidden fire began 1 mile north of Highland Avenue on the west side of Highway 330. That blaze ended up charring 46 acres.
The 460-acre Bridge fire sparked on July 14 off Greenspot Road and Santa Ana Canyon Road in East Highland.
And on July 22, the 15-acre Seine fire began burning near Piedmont Drive and Seine Avenue.