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Evacuations were underway in a San Bernardino as a brush fire erupted and spread to several homes.
Hundreds of homes were affected by the Hillside Fire, which began just after midnight firefighters said. Aerial video showed at least five structures on fire in what was the second brush fire in the area in a matter of hours.
The fast-moving 200-acre #HillsideFire has entered neighborhoods in north San Bernardino. Mandatory evacuations are in effect west of the Hwy 18, which has been closed.— San Bernardino National Forest (@SanBernardinoNF) October 31, 2019
We are in unified command with @SBCOUNTYFIRE , @sbcountysheriff and @SanBernardinoPD.
Erratic winds are fanning flames as Southern California faces another day of extreme red flag conditions. Fires sparked in dry and windy weather can quickly spread, creating a dangerous situation for residents and firefighters.
The strongest winds are expected Thursday morning, then will gradually diminish during the afternoon.
Pacific High School is being used as an evacuation center, the San Bernardino City Unified School District said.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department, San Bernardino National Forest Service, CAL Fire San Bernardino Unit, and San Bernardino Police Department were working on the 200-acre blaze dubbed the Hill Side Fire around 2:11a.m., the San Bernardino County Fire Department said.