Morongo Indian Reservation, CA, June 10, 2013 – The smoke has cleared, literally, for the Big Bear Valley but fire crews continue the laborious task of fighting the blaze of the Hathaway Fire that has burned 1,500 acres as of yesterday. The Hathaway Fire began Sunday just before noon on the Morongo Indian Reservation traveling through steep terrain to the San Gorgonio Widerness area. The fuel for the fire consists of chaparral and timber in remote and difficult to access areas. The Hathaway Fire was last recorded to be at 15% containment as of this morning with 999 fire personnel working on the fire including building containment lines. No structures or communities, including Big Bear, have been threatened and there is no estimate of when full containment will be achieved. The fire is under investigation.
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