Brush Fire Burns Near Highway 18 in Mountains North of San Bernardino

June 28, 2021 6:43 pm


A fire in the mountains north of San Bernardino spread rapidly late Monday morning, forcing the closure of Highway 18.

The Peak Fire was reported near Old Waterman Canyon Road, just off Highway 18, which was closed from Highway 138 to 40th Street. The fire had burned an estimated 30 acres early Monday afternoon.

Drivers were asked to avoid Waterman Canyon. 

One firefighter was treated for a heat-related injury, fire officials said.

It was not immediately clear whether homes are threatened.

Details about a cause were not immediately available.

The fire broke out during a day of triple-digit heat in some parts of Southern California.

More than 3,270 wildfires have been reported in California this year, compared to 2,625 at this point in 2020, according to CALFIRE stats.

Fires have burned 16,450 acres in 2021. More than 19,000 acres burned through June 20, 2020. 

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