Vehicle Crash Sparks California Brush Fire

A vehicle accident on Highway 38 Thursday sparked a brush fire that burned about 40 acres before firefighters contained it, officials said early Friday.


YUCAIPA, Calif. (AP) -- A vehicle accident on Highway 38 Thursday sparked a brush fire that burned about 40 acres before firefighters contained it, officials said early Friday.

The fire broke out about 9:45 p.m. Thursday near Yucaipa after a vehicle overturned, said Bonnie Curtis, a dispatcher with the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

No homes were immediately threatened.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury, twisting his ankle.

The incident began when a vehicle rolled over. The California Highway Patrol was investigating the accident.

Firefighters continued to monitor the fire line through the night and expected it to be controlled by midday Friday, said CDF spokesman Bill Peters.

At the height of the fire, 30 fire engines and five hand crews were at the scene.

Peters said some Southern California Edison power poles were damaged but no lines were down.