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UPDATE: Fire NE of Banning Grows to 1,500 Acres, Concern for 'Significant Growth Potential'

Reported by Patch Editors Guy McCarthy, Mirna Alfonso and Renee Schiavone.

Smoke and flames from the Hathaway Fire north of Banning can be seen June 9, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Patch reader)
Smoke and flames from the Hathaway Fire north of Banning can be seen June 9, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Patch reader)
Monday update:  Click here to follow all of the updates on the Hathaway Fire posted Monday, June 10.

Update 10:50 p.m.: 
The U.S. Forest service reports that the Hathaway fire burning near Banning has spread by about 200 acres since their last update.

According to the agency's official twitter account for the region, the fire is approximately 1,500 acres and is 15 percent contained at this hour.

"No structures are currently threatened but there is a lot of smoke and ash drifting up towards the Big Bear and Lucerne Valley areas," an online incident report indicated.

(Video added above courtesy of Edward Nerey.)

Update 8:45 p.m. 
The 1,300-acre Hathaway Fire northeast of Banning was considered 5 percent contained as of 8 p.m. Sunday June 9, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

There were an estimated 400 firefighters assigned to the blaze and a request was in place for more personnel, USFS spokeswoman Carol Underhill said in a phone interview at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

There was concern for "significant growth potential east of Banning," according to Cal Fire. A communications site on Snow Peak was threatened, and there was potential for the fire to spread further into the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

There were no structures threatened but the fire was consuming dense chaparral and heavy timber in places. Smoke and ash were evident most of Sunday afternoon in the Big Bear area, raising concerns among some residents, Rim of the World News and the Big Bear Grizzly reported.

The fire was reported shortly before noon Sunday in the Hathaway Canyon area on Morongo Indian Reservation land, according to Cal Fire. The cause of the fire was being investigated.

Update 7:35 p.m. 
West-southwest winds gusting to 20 miles per hour were expected to continue through around 8 p.m. Sunday on the 1,300-acre fire burning northeast of Banning, according to a National Weather Service spot weather forecast requested by incident commanders.

After 8 p.m. June 9 winds were expected to weaken, and cooler temperatures with moderate humidity recovery were anticipated overnight. Daytime humidity Monday was expected to be similar to Sunday, with a "very dry low pressure system" moving in, according to the Weather Service.

Update 5:35 p.m.
A fast-moving fire consumed an estimated 1,300 acres in less than six hours Sunday on Morongo Reservation/San Gorgonio Wilderness lands north of Cabazon and northeast of Banning, according to the Forest Service and Cal Fire.

There was concern for "significant growth potential east of Banning," according to Cal Fire.

The fire was considered 10 percent contained as of 5:15 p.m., according to Cal Fire. A communications site on Snow Peak was threatened, and there was potential for the fire to spread further into the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

Update 3:45 p.m.
The number of firefighters battling the Hathaway Fire has grown to 261, with seven air tankers and six helicopters assisting ground crews, officials said.

The acreage burned is holding at 200 acres.

Update 2:45 p.m. A fire burning northeast of Banning and north of Cabazon near Potrero Road and Burro Flats Road was still estimated around 200 acres as of 2:45 p.m. Sunday June 9.

The blaze appeared to be on San Bernardino National Forest or Morongo Indian Reservation lands, accessible for engine crews by roads primarily controlled by the reservation.

Posted 1:30 p.m. 
A fire on the Morongo Indian Reservation in Hathaway Canyon -- northeast of Banning -- quickly scorched 200 acres Sunday.

The blaze was reported shortly before noon at Hathaway Canyon Road, near Morongo Road, fire officials said.

No buildings were threatened and no injuries were reported.

There were 146 firefighters on scene battling the blaze, chewing up light to medium fuels at a moderate rate of spread, Cal Fire/Riverside County fire's Mark Annas reported.

Crews were assisted by three helicopter crews and five air tankers, Annas reported.
Angel June 09, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Well Mirna Alfonso the way you wrote this story your making it sound like the fire has passed but it's only 2:45 pm and from what I can see from my street the fire is going pretty good . Lets all pray for the crews that are there fighting this fire and that no injuries are reported . Looks like this fire will be headed up the mountain which is a good thing because there are no homes there that I know of .
Sabrina Frausto June 09, 2013 at 06:02 PM
the fire looks bigger than the pictures seem to be showing. our thoughts and prayers go out to the firefighters and air crew out there today.beaumont..pennsylvania street
Bill Schmid June 09, 2013 at 06:12 PM
For a 200 acres there is a lot of ash and smoke filling big bear. I think your facts are off.
James Reed June 09, 2013 at 06:50 PM
how do i become a reporter here lol im a photographer just saying
James Reed June 09, 2013 at 06:51 PM
oh and a volunteer fire fighter
marywolfin June 09, 2013 at 07:33 PM
We can see actual flames on the hill from Cherry Valley. If its 200 acres, it's a moving 200 acres. Would be nice if we could get a bit more information since we would have to evacuate horses, cats and a rabbit if it gets close enough.
Guy McCarthy (Editor) June 09, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Update 5:35 p.m. A fast-moving fire consumed an estimated 1,300 acres in less than six hours Sunday on Morongo Reservation/San Gorgonio Wilderness lands north of Cabazon and northeast of Banning, according to the Forest Service and Cal Fire. There was concern for "significant growth potential east of Banning," according to Cal Fire. The fire was considered 10 percent contained as of 5:15 p.m., according to Cal Fire. A communications site on Snow Peak was threatened, and there was potential for the fire to spread further into the San Gorgonio Wildernes
Angel June 10, 2013 at 12:25 AM
I just received a call from my brother that lives near the outskirts in Desert Hot Springs and he stated he can see the flames from this fire where he lives. I know its fire season here and now this is like our 6th fire within a months time in our area I truly hope that these are natural and not being started by idiots. Lets all keep the crews that are there in our prayers . I know I will be thinking about them tonight . My hat goes off to them for all they do to keep us safe.
Kyle Prettyman June 10, 2013 at 04:26 AM
I can see the flames from hemet looks pretty bad

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