Brush fire closes Highway 330 near Running Springs

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A wildfire that broke out in the San Bernardino Mountains Friday had consumed at least 50 acres by late afternoon.

The Manzanita fire was burning near Highway 330 and Forest Road 1N09, about nine miles from Running Springs, San Bernardino National Forest officials said.

The flames quickly spread, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District.

Firefighters responded to a report of a vegetation fire on the southeastern portion of Keller Peak around 3:35 p.m., the US Forest Service said. Crews focus on stopping the fire’s forward progress along the ridgeline.

Forest Service personnel, the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Running Springs Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department have responded, officials said.

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Highway 330 was closed in both directions from Highland Avenue to Live Oak, according to… Caltrans district 8. Motorists are requested to avoid the area.

Photos posted to Twitter showed a column of smoke visible from Redlands.

This is a story in development and will be updated.

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