Wildfire torches homes in S. California
September 14, 1997
Web posted at: 8:32 a.m. EDT (1232 GMT)
RUNNING SPRINGS, California (CNN) -- Firefighters were
working to control a ferocious wildfire Sunday that swept
across 1,000 acres, engulfed 13 buildings and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes in the San Bernardino
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Fueled by high winds, the fire broke out around 1:30 p.m.
Saturday at a shooting range and quickly spread. A
bullet fired at the range sparked the blaze, officials said.
Authorities ordered more than 500 residents in Running
Springs, about 50 miles (80 km) east of Los Angeles, to
evacuate and closed a main route, Highway 330, into the Lake
Arrowhead-Big Bear Lake resort areas
Jodi Rios, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service, said
13 structures, including many homes, were consumed by the
Officials planned an all-out assault on the blaze Sunday,
using an ensemble of air tankers, helicopters, ground personnel and bulldozers. There was no estimated containment
"As soon as dawn breaks and the sun is out again, we'll have
helicopters and air tankers back in the air," Rios said.
Thick smoke hampered the air assaults Saturday.
Running Springs resident Patty Wagenstein was tearful after
leaving her home behind.
"We had an hour to get what we needed. We got clothes. We got
the animals and some photo albums. Nobody can tell us if our
house is still there," she said.