A wind-driven, 17-acre fire that damaged nine structures and threatened dozens more at a community near Little Mountain Basin in San Bernardino was 80% contained by Tuesday morning, officials said.
The blaze, dubbed the Little Mountain Fire, quickly spread toward a hilltop neighborhood near the Newmark Little League field after igniting just before 5 p.m. on Monday, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
Crews soon responded to Edgerton and Skylark drives and arrived to find flames threatening multiple homes and downed and compromised power lines amid erratic winds, the agency said.
Additional units, as well as San Bernardino police, were subsequently deployed to assist with evacuations and road closures.
For multiple hours, firefighters worked on preventing the flames from burning structures. They managed to stop the blaze at 17 acres by 9 p.m.
Three of the 40 homes immediately threatened by the fire sustained heavy damages, according to the Fire Department. Six more structures sustained minor to moderate damages, the agency estimated.
A number of residents tried to hose down flames that threatened their homes after the fire started.
A family of four, two adults and two children, who tried to evacuate were taken to the hospital after suffering minor burns and smoke inhalation, the Fire Department said.
Two firefighters were also hospitalized for minor to moderate injuries, but they have since been discharged, officials added.
Authorities previously said one of the firefighters had fallen and that five civilians were injured in the incident.
Video from the scene shows downed power lines in the neighborhood and many spots still smoldering the day after the fire ignited.
Temperatures in the city could reach 97 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday, with north winds expected to blow around 5 mph, according to the National Weather Service.