Small fire near Black Mountain

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About 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, a fire was reported near Black Mountain. U.S. Forest Service crews responded.

The Azalea Fire was contained Saturday afternoon, Oct. 7, and its size was limited to 9 acres, slightly smaller than the original estimate.

“The crews from Engine 51 (led by Pedro Olague) and Engine 56 (led by Justin Foye) hiked in and attacked the fire working through the night and into the next day until relief resources arrived on scene the next day,” wrote Freddie Espinoza, San Jacinto Ranger District fire management officer. “The fire burned actively throughout the night. The hard work from the crews of E-51 and E-56 throughout the night led to the establishment of containment lines around 60 percent of the fire and contributed greatly to the success of the incoming resources the next day.”

San Jacinto Ranger District Battalion Chief Matt Boss was the incident commander for the Azalea Fire. Several engine crews, helicopters and two Hot Shot crews were involved in controlling the fire.

“The fire is located about a quarter mile west of the Pacific Crest Trail on Marion Mountain Trail,” said Espinoza, and he added, “The cause is still under investigation.”

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