'Mart Fire' scorches hundreds of acres in San Bernardino County

'Mart Fire' scorches hundreds of acres in San Bernardino County
Posted at 4:57 PM, Jun 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 09:39:24-04

(KGTV) - Firefighters are battling a 900-acre fire in the Highlands area of San Bernardino County Wednesday.

The "Mart Fire" was reported just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Highland Ave. and City Creek Rd., according to Cal Fire.

The blaze quickly grew to 300 acres within hours, as crews from Unified Command USFS, San Bernardino County, and Cal Fire's San Bernardino Unit joined the fight.

By Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m., containment was at 15%, according to Cal Fire.

As flames reached nearby neighborhoods Tuesday, mandatory evacuations were ordered for east of Orchard Rd., north of Highland Ave., and west of Church St. by the San Bernardino County Fire District.  The evacuations were lifted late Tuesday night.  No homes were threatened Wednesday morning.

The Highland YMCA, located at 7793 Central Ave., served as an evacuation center and a pet shelter was established at Devore Animal Shelter.

Caltrans officials closed northbound and southbound State Route 330 from Interstate 210 to Live Oak Drive near Running Springs. All roads were open by Wednesday morning.

Mountain and high desert communities will see and smell smoke today, according to San Bernardino National Forest firefighters. The Mojave Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for the region.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.