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Transients evacuated from Mojave riverbed fire

May 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A fire started in a river bottom area near Victorville Wednesday at about 3:45 p.m.Approximately 91 acres of heavy vegetation had burned by 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, and firefighters had the fire 45 percent contained. Firefighters expected to have the fire fully contained by Thursday afternoon, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Dept.

The fire was being driven by 20 to 25 mph easterly winds earlier in the afternoon. A helicopter and a bulldozer were on scene to assist firefighters.

The fire was burning in a dry riverbed portion of the Mojave River, located west of Interstate 15 Freeway.

The riverbed has a population of transients living there. Firefighters evacuated people from the area.

No homes were threatened.

The fire was determined to be caused by a transient illegally burning the insulation from copper wire, which sparked a vegetation fire.

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