Brush Fire Near Idyllwild

A brush fire was reported on Highway 243 just north of Black Mountain Road at 2:53a.m. Sunday morning according the California Highway Patrol's website. High winds and steep terrain didn't make things easy, but many departments from Cal Fire and the San Bernardino Forest Service quickly arrived on scene to extinguish the flames.  Photo by Jenny Kirchner
A wildfire started after midnight in the San Jacinto Mountains. The Lawler Fire is in National Forest lands and has burnt about five to eight acres.
The initial attach which started in the dark early hours of Sunday, Jan. 8 has already expanded to 12 engines, two water tenders, five hand crews and air attack.
“Fortunately this is an area where we’ve conducted major fuels reduction projects,” said Forest Service Public Information Officer Kate Kramer. “It’s fairly defensible.”
But strong winds are blowing in the area, which makes the firefighting more difficult.
The incident commander is Fred Espinosa, Forest Service Battalion Chief. Working with the Forest Service is Riverside County Fire and Idyllwild Fire Departments.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
– J.P. Crumrine