Hathaway Fire near Morongo is half contained; 2000 acres burned

Fire continues to burn North of City of Banning.  It started: June 9, in the San Bernardino National Forest, and is 51-percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.   Nearly 2000 acres have burned and there have been at least three injuries.

There have been concerns that this Summer could bring unusual fire activity.  (Video report is on the right.)

The Hathaway Fire started on June 9th at approximately 11:57 a.m. on the northern portion of the Morongo Indian Reservation. The fire burned north into the San
Gorgonio Wilderness on the San Bernardino National Forest. This area is very steep and rugged terrain, with significant tree mortality as a result of the 1999-2004 drought and bark beetle infestation.

Related news: Lightning sparks several Northern California fires.

During the night firefighters made good progress building direct fire line, working from remote spike camps. Firefighters will continue to work throughout the day to construct additional fire line. Air assets will continue to assist firefighters as needed on the ground.

There are no road closures or evacuations in the fire area.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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