Containment grew overnight on the Old Water fire in San Bernardino, increasing to 55%.

By Friday morning, Oct. 25, San Bernardino County fire officials said the blaze had scorched 145 acres along Highway 18 in Waterman Canyon.

Firefighters worked overnight to try to build a strong line around the Old Water fire on the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest. A high-wind warning is in effect until 2 p.m. while a red-flag warning remains in place through 5 p.m.

Fanned by strong winds, the blaze prompted about 80 homes to be evacuated, however, residents were allowed to return late Thursday, when fire officials announced they were lifting the evacuation orders at 8 p.m.

All roads are now open, however, fire officials warn motorists be cautious when in the areas near the fire footprint. “Use caution, as fire crews will be in the area building fire containment lines,” they said via Twitter.

MORE: This map shows where the Old Water fire is burning

The wind-driven vegetation blaze ignited in the wee hours on Thursday, very close to where the Old Fire started on Oct. 25, 2003, and crept into neighborhoods.

No structures were reported to have been damaged although the flames did come close to many homes. No injuries have been reported.

As the blaze continued into its second day, it marked the 16-year anniversary of another major fire in the area, the similarly named: Old Fire. That fire went on to burn thousands of acres when it merged with the Grand Prix fire and led to six deaths.





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