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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:51 pm

JOSHUA TREE — Fire destroyed a recreational vehicle and the car it was towing Saturday afternoon.

County Fire Department Battalion Chief Dave Benfield was on his way to a big-rig fire in Needles when he saw smoke about a third of a mile north of Twentynine Palms Highway.

The first engine to arrive at the scene at Mojave Ranch Road and Desert Trail at 12:43 p.m. was a National Park Service engine with five firefighters that was also headed to the Needles call.

High-voltage electric lines overhead “took some heat,” according to Benfield, and a lower fiber-optic cable burned through and came down.

Benfield said it took about 20 minutes to get the fire fully extinguished. The last crew left the scene at 1:26 p.m., he added.

Mechanical failure caused the fire. Benfield said a fire investigator was not assigned to the incident.

Dispatched to fight the blaze was a water tender with three firefighters from the Yucca Mesa station and the Joshua Tree engine with three firefighters.

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