Air assistance

BREAKING: Two fires miles apart visible across Victor Valley, air assistance requested in Oro Grande –

VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. ( — Black smoke from two unrelated fires was visible in Victor Valley early Monday afternoon.

The first fire broke out in a recycling yard located in Hesperia near Catalpa Street and Santa Fe Avenue West at 12:35 p.m.

San Bernardino County arrived on the scene and located several burning vehicles inside the facility’s yard, and the fire was contained to the area.

A second, larger fire was reported 10 minutes later around 12:45 p.m. on the 14700 block of Heritage Way in Oro Grande.

(Gabriel Espinosa)

This fire was determined to be a brush fire involving at least 3 acres.

According to the owner, Linda, the fire started after a small pile of debris caught fire.

San Bernardino County firefighters described the fire as spreading at a moderate rate.

(Hugo C. Valdez,

@ 1:10 p.m., firefighters requested aerial assistance to the area to drop water on the fire.

@2:10 p.m. air support dropped water on the head of the fire. more resources were called for the protection of structures. High winds continue to drive fires towards a house on Sunflower Lane. The fire is estimated at 10-15 acres.

@3:30 p.m. the fire is at 80 acres, with 0% containment and 20 structures at risk.

@5:00 p.m. Fire crews continue to make progress on the #HeritageFire which remains at approximately 100 acres with 0% containment. Evacuations remain in place south of Melrose Ave to Roy Rogers Dr between Bryman Rd and the bottom of the Mojave River. The means of fire will remain in place this evening and new resources will arrive tomorrow morning.

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