BARSTOW — Firefighters were able to get a quick handle on a blaze in the Mojave River bottom that burned more than 10 acres on Thursday, authorities said.

Reports of a vegetation fire along the edge of the river bottom on Marks and Nelson roads were received around noon on Thursday. Barstow Fire Protection District Interim Chief Jamie Williams said the blaze, dubbed “the Nelson incident,” initially burned through 3 acres before it spread, eventually burning through 12 acres.

Barstow's Jennifer Jessey told the Desert Dispatch she could see the fire from her home, and lauded firefighters’ swift response to the fast-spreading flames.

“It spread really fast, but the fire department seemed to get a handle on it pretty quick,” Jessey said. “But around 12:50 p.m. or so, the wind started picking up and the flames spread really high.

“They handled it pretty quickly though. It just looks like white smoke now,” Jessey told the Desert Dispatch as she observed the blaze around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Williams said 50 fire personnel were on scene to bring the blaze under control, including firefighters from the San Bernardino County Fire, Fort Irwin Fire, Marine Corps Logistics Base, Yermo Fire and Daggett Fire Departments. Burning through heavy fuels, the flames threatened several structures on Nelson Road and took firefighters 3 hours to contain.

“We’re in mop-up mode now,” Williams said. “We’ll probably remain on scene until (8 p.m.) tonight and will continue to monitor it throughout the night.”

A propane tank in a travel trailer at a home sustained slight damages due to the blaze, but no other structures were threatened. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Barstow Fire Protection District.

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