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.