On the night of October 30, 2019, a slew of ravaging, brush fires broke out just a half-mile into the mountains located directly north of local San Bernardino neighborhoods only about a mile away from the campus.
Local firefighters and medical staff rushed to help contain the blaze before it spread through the many neighborhoods it surrounded. At around 11 p.m., local law enforcement started to wrap up their evacuations of the surrounding neighborhoods.
James Garcia, a 25-year old resident who was evacuated, exclaimed, “I just had went to sleep because I have work in the morning and the next thing I knew I had cops banging on my doors telling me a fire was dangerously close to my home and we had to grab the bare necessities and evacuate our homes! My neighbor Jordan lost his home this is all just insane!”
#HillsideFire (Update): Mandatory Evacuations have been declared all homes North of 50th, West of Hwy18, & East of Mayfield. Multiple homes involved w/ fire, Structure Defense resources in place. Additional FFs enroute. Evacuation Center: 1020 Pacific St San Bernardino 92404 Krn— SB County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) October 31, 2019
21-year old CSUSB student, Isaac Lopez, who lives on Del Rosa which is about 5 miles away from the site of the fires, said his car was “covered in ash. I thought it may have snowed.”
Local officials contained the fires in less than 24 hours and 13 properties were lost.
#HillsideFire (Update): Evacuations are to be lifted tonight at 6pm for residents only. #SBCoFD OFM Damage Assessment Team has done their damage assessment. 140 homes assessed, 6 destroyed, 18 damaged. Edison is aware of power outages in Evac area. No ETA on restoration of power. pic.twitter.com/NgwT3iQaBw— SB County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) October 31, 2019
Donations are being collected for those who lost homes and property, and for those who barely escaped with the clothes on their back. If you would like to donate to local Californians who have been affected by the recent wildfires you can log on to www.cafirefoundation.org.