“The fire burned north of us for a while and eventually it made its way here,” a local resident told CBS Los Angeles.But as the fire began to roll down Mias Canyon, the man feared for his neighbors’ ranch across the street. “There’s a fire engine sitting among the trees over there next to the house,” he said.
Cal Fire had engines installed in every neighborhood as more than 1,300 firefighters stood guard, saving hundreds of homes over the weekend. And the airstrike punched the Apple Fire, pushing it deeper into the San Bernardino National Forest and away from the communities below.
“The firefighters did a fabulous job keeping everything under control, they were there right away,” said Joanne Erbe, another resident.
“We are so afraid that the fire will catch up with the houses because we are right under the mountains,” said Carlos Gomez, a resident. “We pray for the best and see how it goes. ”
“It was like a very small cloud, and I saw a very big cloud of smoke. It’s like a hundred times bigger than it was… and that’s what scared me. I was all nervous and scared for my mother and my nephew, ”said Luis Gomez, another resident.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state has secured a grant from FEMA to help fund ongoing firefighting efforts.
San Bernadino National Forest officials tweeted Sunday evening that an overnight operations flight would perform infrared mapping.
About 8,000 people have been evacuated since the start of the fire. At least one house burned down on Saturday.
“People who do not take advantage of it for the sake of, we have measures in place. We have planned these months ahead, ”said Cal Fire captain Fernando Herrera.