Lightning ignites fire in Mojave National Preserve
Contact: Linda Slater, 760-252-6122
A lightning strike ignited a fire south of Halloran Summit on Saturday evening. The fire started around dusk, and has burned about 1580 acres in Joshua tree woodland. About 60 firefighters are currently working the fire, and a helicopter is expected to arrive soon. The fire is burning on a mesa in broken terrain, and natural barriers are keeping it from spreading rapidly. However, the remote location, difficult terrain and extreme heat all contribute to challenging conditions for firefighters. No homes or other buildings are threatened by this fire. As of 3:00 p.m. today, the fire was 70 % contained.