Wrightwood Brush Fire Forces Evacuations

WRIGHTWOOD (CBSLA.com) – A brush fire broke out in the San Gabriel Mountains community of Wrightwood Saturday, forcing evacuations.

The fire was reported before 12:30 p.m. in the area of Zermatt and Pacific Crest drives. Crews with San Bernardino County and San Bernardino National Forest were battling the blaze.

The fire was holding steady at 7 acres, according to a spokesperson with the Angeles National Forest. There was no word of any injuries.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Cindy Bachman confirmed that evacuations had been ordered for residents on Pacific Crest Drive, between Zermatt Drive and Lone Pine Canyon Road.

Highway 2 was closed at Wright Mountain Road as of 1 p.m. No vehicles were allowed through.

The cause of the fire was not confirmed.

CBS 2’s Greg Mills spoke to some homeowners keeping an eye on the blaze as best they could .

“This is our first fire,” said Diana Harrison who moved to the area last October. She first saw smoke in the mountain behind her home.

“Pretty scary,” she said, “I’m all packed up in the truck and ready.”

Firefighters are being credited with attacking the blaze quickly and keeping it contained and away from homes and property.

“My daughter lives around the corner,” says Elsie Fuller. “When she moved I thought, why do you want to live up here? And two months later, we were moving up here.”

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