Wind-Driven Fire in Fontana Burns at Least 2 Homes, Damages Multiple Vehicles

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A wind-driven fire in Fontana burned at least two homes and damaged several vehicles, officials said Thursday afternoon.

The blaze was reported as a vegetation fire burning behind homes about noon along the 9000 block of Palm Lane, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

One home suffered major fire damage, while another had exterior damage, officials said. In addition, three passenger vehicles and 2 RVs suffered major damage, and multiple back yards had damage to “ornamental objects and sheds.”

“The fire moved through these back yards very quickly,” one fire official told KTLA.

About 70 firefighters were on scene working to limit the blaze from spreading to more homes and brush. Crews were scattered throughout the large scene to get the fire contained, the official said.

Strong winds were hampering the fire fighting efforts to keep the blaze contained and multiple power lines were down in the area, officials said.

One resident was treated at the scene of the blaze, but did not want to be taken to a hospital by ambulance, officials said.

The blaze was fully contained about 3 p.m. Investigators were on scene to help determine the cause.

The blaze comes on a day where red flag warnings are in effect in parts of Southern California and other areas of the state, bringing dangerous fire weather conditions.

Neighbors where the fire was burning said winds in the area were blowing strongly all morning Thursday. One woman was able to put out some embers from the fire in her yard with a hose.

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