RUNNING SPRINGS (CBSLA) — Evacuations were reduced to voluntary Friday evening after fire crews worked on containing a brush fire in the San Bernardino National Forest Friday afternoon.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department previously ordered mandatory evacuations for Running Springs south of Highway 18 and south of School Road including all areas between Pine Manor and Cobblestone Lane and for Keller Peak and campgrounds in the area.
Evacuations were reduced to voluntary shortly after 6 p.m., according to the department.
The blaze, named the Mount R Fire, broke out in the San Bernardino Mountains near Highway 330. Southbound lanes of the highway, from Live Oak Drive to Highland Boulevard, were closed for nearly three hours — reopening shortly before 7:30 p.m.
Update: the #MOUNTR incident is currently at 50 acres with a moderate to rapid rate of spread on 1N09 (Old City Creek Rd).
We are Unified Command with @CALFIREBDU @SBCOUNTYFIRE pic.twitter.com/jh8oZ88YFY
— San Bernardino National Forest (@SanBernardinoNF) July 3, 2020
As of 10 p.m., the fire had consumed more than 100 acres and was 15% contained. The cause of the fire was under investigation, but most restrictions have been lifted.
For firefighter and public safety, the following areas will be closed through the weekend:
— 1N09 (Old City Creek Rd) from HWY 330 to 1N16
— 1N96 Keller Peak Road and Yellow Post sites