The Lytle fire was reported at 1:23 P.M. on Monday May 13, 2013 between Lytle Creek Road and Interstate 15, west of Sierra Avenue in North Fontana. The fire burned northeast along the north side of of Interstate 15, jumping across Sierra Avenue to the Lytle Creek wash.
As the fire approached Sierra Avenue, it burned around the cluster of businesses at the freeway ramps, destroying the drive-thru menus at a fast food restaurant. The fire also destroyed an outbuilding at a nearby residence. Residents and businesses in the fire's path sheltered in place until the fire had passed.
Firefighters on the ground and in the air were able to gain the upper hand on the fire as it approached the Lytle Creek wash, halting the fire at 75 acres.
During the course of the firefight, southbound Interstate 15 was closed to all traffic from Interstate 215 interchange past the Sierra exit.
One firefighter did suffer heat exhaustion during the incident.
285 firefighters and the following resources were assigned during the battle to halt the fire:
11 Hand Crews
3 Fire Dozers
2 Water Tenders
3 Air Tankers
1 Air Attack
The fire is being managed under unified command with Calfire San Bernardino Unit, San Bernardino County Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service
|Date of Origin||Monday May 13th, 2013 approx. 01:30 PM|
|Incident Commander||Unified Command|
|Estimated Containment Date||Wednesday May 15th, 2013 approx. 06:00 PM|
Grass and Chaparral
Fire was wind driven and had a rapid rate of spread