SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A brush fire that sparked overnight in San Bernardino had grown to about 75 acres and prompted mandatory evacuations by early Thursday morning.
The blaze started around 2 a.m. near Old Waterman Canyon Road and Highway 18, in a foothills area on the road to Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear. The campus of Cal State San Bernardino is about five miles away.
By 4 a.m., officials with San Bernardino National Forest said the blaze, dubbed the "Old Water Fire," had grown 50 to 100 acres with "potential for large growth as Santa Ana winds pick up." San Bernardino County Fire Department and Cal Fire units were fighting the blaze.
By afternoon, SBCF said the blaze had been held at 75 acres and crews had 30% containment.
#OldWaterFire evacuations update:
- Arrowhead Road is now also under mandatory evacuation
- Area of Mariposa Dr. and David Way remains under evacuation
- An evacuation center location is being determined
— San Bernardino National Forest (@SanBernardinoNF) October 24, 2019