Firefighters Respond to Lost Horse Fire at Joshua Tree National Park

posted Feb 29, 2012, 7:54 PM by JTCA Contact

Firefighters from multiple agencies responded to a small wildfire yesterday at Joshua Tree National Park. The Lost Horse Fire was reported by park visitors to park officials at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. The fire was located about one mile southwest of Rt. 12, Park Boulevard, in the general vicinity of the Lost Horse Ranger Station. Park rangers arrived on scene at approximately 3:50 p.m., and fire crews from Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino County, Twentynine Palms, and San Bernardino National Forest also responded to the fire.

The fire was burning in dry grass and desert shrubbery and burned approximately ¼-acre before crews brought the fire under control. The fire was declared contained by National Park Service Incident Commander Aaron Kendall at 7:30 p.m., and all firefighting resources were clear of the area by 8:20 Sunday evening.

Rangers responding to the fire found several park visitors attempting to extinguish the blaze before fire crews arrived on the scene. The cause of the fire is undetermined and remains under investigation. Weather at the time was clear with light winds.