Firefighters Contain Southern California Fire

Chilly temperatures and mountaintop snow helped firefighters contain a controlled burn that turned into a 350-acre forest fire.


BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- Chilly temperatures and mountaintop snow helped firefighters contain a controlled burn that turned into a 350-acre forest fire.

The blaze in the San Bernardino Mountains, which forced the evacuation of two ski resorts, stopped moving Friday and was not threatening any homes. About 250 firefighters remained on the lines Saturday night and officials expected them to have extinguished the flames by Sunday evening.

About 10 of the scorched acres were outside the boundaries of the planned fire by the U.S. Forest Service.

The Forest Service next week will review its handling of the blaze, set Wednesday to destroy dry brush and dead trees. Some residents said they were not notified and others were upset that firefighters lost control.

The Bear Mountain ski area reopened Saturday; adjacent Snow Summit was back in business Friday. Hundreds of skiers were evacuated from both areas Thursday, when the fire got out of control and destroyed a hut used by Bear Mountain's ski patrol.