Brush fire closes Highway 330 near Running Springs

A brush fire that broke out Friday in the San Bernardino Mountains 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.

Flames were spreading rapidly, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District.

Firefighters responded around 3:35 p.m. to a report of a vegetation fire on the southeastern portion of Keller Peak, the U.S. Forest Service said. Crews are focusing on stopping the blaze’s forward progress along the ridge line.

Personnel from the forest service, San Bernardino County fire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Running Springs Fire Department, California Highway Patrol and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department have responded, officials said.

Highway 330 was closed in both directions from Highland Avenue to Live Oak, according to Caltrans District 8. Motorists are being told to avoid the area.

Pictures posted to Twitter showed a smoke column visible from Redlands.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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