Smoke and flames

A San Bernardino County firefighter tends to a trash fire on Via Arenosa south of Amboy Road in Wonder Valley on Thursday, May 26.

WONDER VALLEY — Firefighters made quick work of a large burning pile of trash at an illegal dumpsite on Via Arenosa south of Amboy Road here Thursday morning.

The fire sent billows of smoke into the Wonder Valley sky.

Firefighters from the Wonder Valley Fire Station were joined by firefighters from the downtown Twentynine Palms fire station and had the fire under control in about 45 minutes.

The fire, reported a little before 7 a.m., burned a 60 foot by 60 foot area in the center of a roughly 10 acre illegal dumpsite.

Oscar Garcia, who moved to Wonder Valley from Honduras about two years ago, was cleaning the site when the fire broke out.

He continued to work, using a wheelbarrow to fill a large dumpster with trash, while firefighters battled the blaze.

He said he was burning wood on the site when the wind came up and a nearby trash pile caught on fire.

No injuries were reported.

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