Crews make progress on wildfire burning in Beaumont, evacuation warning lifted

Firefighters quickly worked to contain a wildfire that broke out overnight Sunday in Beaumont.

The “Sanderson Fire” sparked around 1 a.m. Sunday morning in the area of La Borde Canyon Road and Jack Rabbit Trail, south of Beaumont.

By 11 a.m. firefighters had stopped the forward spread of the fire.

The fire burned 1,933 acres and is currently 45% contained. Firefighters Monday were working to strengthen their control lines.

An evacuation warning was issued Sunday morning for homes north of Gilman Springs Road and south of Timothy Lane, including Jerry Street, McGehee Drive, Alberta Lane, Laurene Lane, Lisa Lane and Kevin Road.

The warning impacted fewer than a dozen homes and was lifted at 12:45 p.m., fire officials said.

Officials said firefighters had difficulty accessing the fire due to its location in the rugged terrain. 

Three water-dropping helicopters and four air tankers were assisting the 130 firefighters battling the blaze on the ground.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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