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50-acre fire is burning near San Bernardino but isn't currently threatening homes

50-acre fire is burning near San Bernardino but isn't currently threatening homes
Firefighters worked Friday afternoon to halt the progress of the North Park fire near San Bernardino. The blaze was at 50 acres by 3 p.m., but officials were optimistic they'd be able to quickly contain it. (Courtesy of San Bernardino National Forest ‏)

A 50-acre fire that started Friday afternoon in San Bernardino is moving uphill away from homes.

More than 150 firefighters and support personnel, along with two helicopters and three air tankers, are working to put out the blaze burning through Badger Canyon near Cal State San Bernardino.

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Eric Sherwin, a public information officer with San Bernardino County Fire Department, said the blaze started about 1:45 p.m. within the city limits and had since spread rapidly into heavy, dry grass and brush in San Bernardino National Forest.

The fire is mainly being driven by fuel, not wind.

The weather forecast for the area is light wind, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday night. Winds were expect to remain calm after midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

“This is an evolving incident,” Sherwin said. “We will see the acreage number increase, but hopefully we’ll see some containment numbers as we move into the late afternoon and early evening hours.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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