Victorville Daily Press: Heritage Fire burned 300 trees, 34 acres in Mojave River conservation area

A fast-moving fire in Oro Grande earlier this year burned more than 30 acres in a conservation area along the Mojave River where endangered and threatened species are known to live, according to a nonprofit.

The Mojave Desert Land Trust reported more than 300 trees were also lost in the “protected wildlife haven” known as Palisades Ranch after a blaze in March.

The Heritage Fire burned roughly 500 acres in total before firefighters extinguished it.

An initial report from the Land Trust — which owns the 1,647-acre property — found 14 acres of Fremont’s cottonwood trees had burned, some which were 40 years old and up to 60 feet tall.

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