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Lightning ignites fire in Mojave National Preserve

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Date: August 29, 2011
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.

Did You Know?

photo of detail on Kelso Depot.

The railroad town of Kelso in Mojave National Preserve was named in 1905 by railroad construction workers. Two men placed their names in a hat, along with that of a third who had just moved away. The name drawn from the hat was that of John H. Kelso, the man absent from the drawing. More...