Update on vegetation fire in wilderness

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1:58 p.m. update: Helicopter 301 and crew have been released from the Tahquitz Fire. All except one crew should be released by end of day, according to a forest official. The one crew will remain overnight in case of a flare-up.

1:08 p..m. update: Crew members in the wilderness reported the Tahquitz Fire is at 3 acres with no rate of spread. A helitanker is knocking down the fire. A small crew is being taken off the Tahquitz Fire to extinguish a campfire at Saddle Junction.

11:42 update and correction: The Tahquitz Fire is at a 1/2 acre instead of an acre and still has potential of 5 to 10 acres, according to the incident commander who also has ordered two more aircraft. In addition to Helicopter 301 and those two, a helitanker from Hemet-Ryan Airbase is en route.

11:32 a.m.: The fire is burning in Little Tahquitz Valley on the south side of last year's Mountain Fire burn. It is at an acre and has the potential for 5 to 10 acres, according to a crew member of Helicopter 301 now flying over the fire.

San Bernardino National Forest dispatch received a call last Sunday morning from a hiker at the junction of the Pacific Crest Trail and the trail leading to Tahquitz Peak Lookout that he was seeing white smoke that was building in Tahquitz Valley.

At this time Engines 56 and 57, and aircraft are responding.

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