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Reche Canyon brush fire contained at 125 acres

November 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 125-acre brush fire near Reche Canyon threatened about 500 houses Saturday near Colton.Officials said the fire scorched brush near an area known as Crystal Grove Estates.

The fire broke out just before 2 p.m. and spread quickly due to the low humidity and gusty winds.

Cal Fire and the San Bernardino County Fire Department worked together to take down the fire.

"It was a wind-driven fire," said Batt. Chief Tim McHargue of the Colton Fire Department. "It was burning towards homes, and that was our big concern."

Fire crews worked quickly to put out the fire, attacking it from the air and ground. Twenty-five engines, two air tankers and several bulldozers were assigned to the blaze.

"I was coming home and thought, it's over there in the east, but it came down and it's across the street from my house," said Bob Smith. "That was a little closer than I like. I have horses and a baby."

Crews were mopping up the fire to make sure it's fully contained.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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