SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — San Bernardino National Forest officials are seeking the public’s help in identifying a person of interest seen leaving the Mount R Fire that erupted Friday afternoon.

Investigators have determined the preliminary cause of the Mount R Fire was related to target shooting.

According to officials, a person or persons were seen in a black sedan Audi with a broken left taillight leaving the fire’s point of origin along City Creek Road.

The person or persons are suspected of using high-powered rifles, potentially with calibers of .30-06, .45-70, or .223.

The 58-acre Mount R Fire began shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3, off City Creek Road, east of Highway 330, near the “R,” a hillside University of Redlands emblem visible from campus.

It is currently 100% contained.

Anyone with information of a person or persons who shoots these caliber rifles and frequents City Creek Road (1N09), please call Forest Service Law Enforcement at 909-383-5651.


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