courtesy of Shelly Rothermich

Cause of forest fire undetermined

A fire consumed more than three hundred acres of national forest last week. According to Willow Springs Fire Chief Vance Farmer, the fire was within his department’s district, but because it was on government land, firefighters from the United States Forest Service quickly took over the containment efforts. 
Local departments including WSFD, Pomona and Pumpkin Center were dispatched to investigate the origin of the fire’s giant smoke plume. 
“Firefighters from multiple agencies searched the area to find the seat of the fire well on the Forestry land only accessible by foot. Once the Forest Service firefighters arrived, they advised that they could handle it and put all surrounding fire departments on standby while they mitigated and controlled the large fire,” Chief Farmer explained. There were no controlled burns reported in the area that day. 
The fire consumed a large swath of land in the area of Highway AP and County Road 5120. 
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