At 3:49 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, about a dozen firefighter crews responded to a brush fire at Perris Hill Park threatening homes in San Bernardino. One home received minor damage due to combustible material igniting on the roof and another property received fire damage to a fence.
The fire was first reported at the 6500 block of Monte Vista Drive with multiple 911 callers reporting that the fire was rapidly spreading up Perris Hill with homes to the north and south of the fire. Homes in the neighborhood at Hill View and N. Fairfax were also threatened.
According to San Bernardino County Fire Department, minutes after the first fire crew arrived on scene the 2-acre fire reached homes. About 25 minutes after arrival fire crews stopped the forward rate of spread at 6 acres.
Hand and hose crews positioned themselves between the fire and the homes and fought the flames with the assistance of water drops from a sheriff’s helicopter. To minimize travel time responding crews utilized a pre-designated water dip site and utilized a portable tank to supply water.
County Fire responded with four engines, three brush engines, two hand crews, two chief officers, a water tender and two fire investigators. Redlands and San Manuel fire departments assisted with one engine each.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the water-dropping helicopter.
The fire is under investigation by County Fire. According to County fire, fireworks were reported in the are prior to the fire’s start.