July 9, 2020
Conditions worsen for summer-fall wildfire season
INLAND EMPIRE (INT) The opening of the summer-fall wildfire season is here and steps are being taken to minimize its impact.

Teams of firefighters are clearing grass and brush that line a 4-mile stretch of Interstate 15 at the bottom of Cajon Pass. Its the third year the Forest Service and Caltrans are making a preemptive strike in the well-known troublespot because of overheated freight trucks and vehicle accidents.

During the winter and spring so-called prescribed burns have taken out heavy brush around mountain communities.

With a recent increase in visitation to the San Bernardino National Forest, firefighting personnel and land managers are growing increasingly concerned about the uptick in illegal campfires. Forest officers have documented an over 150% increase.

On Thursday, there was another small illegal campfire, the second of the week. A camper was identified as a suspect and was cited into federal court.

Officials warn that campfires built on the ground are strictly prohibited in the San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests. Campfires are only allowed in fire rings provided by the Forest Service at open developed recreation sites. The same goes for wood or charcoal barbecues.
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