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100-Acre Fire Erupts in San Bernardino

Two people suffered critical burn injuries and were taken to a local trauma center

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    A brush fire dubbed the Little Mountain fire forced road closures and evacuations in San Bernardino on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017)

    Mandatory evacuations and road closures were ordered Tuesday afternoon as a 100-acre fire erupted in San Bernardino, fanned by "erratic winds."

    At least two people suffered critical burn injuries and were taken to a local trauma center, according to Eric Sherwin, spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department. Approximately 200 firefighters were battling the blaze, but no injuries were reported. 

    Damage was reported to several garages, but fire officials said they were able to save several hundred homes and business in and around Little Mountain and the 215 Freeway. 

    The evacuations were put into place as the Little Mountain fire burned. The fire erupted shortly after 12:30 p.m. behind a McDonald's just off the 215 Freeway at University Parkway. 

    Evacuations

    Evacuations were ordered for several areas, but homeowners were allowed to return to their homes Tuesday around 7 p.m.

    Raw Video: Little Mountain FireRaw Video: Little Mountain Fire

    The Little Mountain Fire prompted mandatory evacuations and road closures in San Bernardino County on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017)

    Evacuation Shelters

    Marshall Elementary at 3288 North G St. served as a Red Cross evacuation center while evacuations were in place. 

    Photos: Little Mountain Fire Erupts in San BernardinoPhotos: Little Mountain Fire Erupts in San Bernardino

    Road Closures

    The 215 Freeway was closed northbound at the 210 Freeway. The southbound 15 was closed at the 15/215 interchange. The eastbound 210 Freeway to the north 215 connector was closed. The westbound 210 Freeway to the north 215 connecter was closed. The north 15 to the south 215 connecter was also closed, according to Caltrans.

    The San Bernardino Police Department was on patrol in the evacuated areas due to concerns about looting. 

    The police department also dispatched animal control officers to the fire to rescue animals who might be wandering in the area. 

    One officer found a little black dog running loose near the fire. He's now waiting at the animal shelter in San Bernardino for his owners to claim him. 

    Strong Santa Ana winds were expected through Friday, causing concern for firefighters as they struggled to contain the fire. 

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