Update 10:40 p.m. The Live Oak Fire southeast of the Christmas tree farm in Live Oak Canyonscorched an estimated 73 acres, Cal Fire and Redlands Fire officials said in updates Wednesday evening.
No property was damaged and no injuries were reported.
Update 6:50 p.m. A fire broke out Wednesday afternoon southeast of the Christmas tree farm in Live Oak Canyon, and crews from Yucaipa, Redlands and Cal Fire-San Bernardino County stopped its forward rate of spread at around 30 acres, a Cal Fire spokesman said.
The fire was reported at 4:57 p.m. Sept. 11 and longitude-latitude readings placed it in Riverside County, but Cal Fire San Bernardino had the resources and took the lead on the blaze, Bill Peters of Cal Fire said in a phone interview.
There were about 110 firefighters on the ground, three tanker planes and three helicopter crews assigned, Peters said. No property was damaged and no injuries were reported.
Redlands resident Caroline Laymon, who had a decent view of the smoke and air attack from Bruder Lane, said pilots hit the fire hard because afternoon winds were picking up as usual.
"That thing probably started about 5:30, that's when the first bomber came over and I recognized the sound of that aircraft," Laymon said in a phone interview.
"I think it was the DC-10, the big guy, it was definitely a jet," Laymon said, adding she's been a pilot 15 years and she flies out of Redlands Municipal Airport.
"It looks southeast of the Christmas tree farm," Laymon said of the fire's location. "It looks like it's the mesa in back of there, and they've pretty well got it. They hit it hard with fixed wing because the wind always picks up from the west this time of day, every afternoon." Posted 6:17 p.m. A fire broke out Wednesday afternoon east of Redlands in the Yucaipa area and smoke was visible from Interstate 10, according to a resident who lives near Alta Vista Drive.
Tanker planes were making drops on the fire, which appeared to be burning in an area east of Live Oak Canyon Road and south of Interstate 10, Redlands resident Amanda Frye said.
The fire was in Cal Fire-San Bernardino County jurisdiction, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire-Riverside County said.