VICTORVILLE: At about 1:00 a.m. on January 29, 2018 San Bernardino County Fire responded to a structure fire on Washington Street at the closed George Air Force Base.
When arriving on scene crews located a two-story apartment complex fully involved. Due to the base being abandoned the structure was allowed to burn.
The explosions heard from time to time were caused by ammunition left on the property from training exercises. The small caliber shells were mostly blanks and posed no threat to the public.
Firefighters performed mop-up operations and left at about 4 a.m. after the building was completely burnt to the ground. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
According to fire officials, the base seems to attract people who vandalize the structures or cause other random issues, but there isn’t a problem with transients due to the unavailability of easy to reach resources.
The base is patrolled by security but there are many spots where someone can slip in unnoticed.
The base is used today for reenactments and other social events and is fascinating piece of American history.
George Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force base located within the city limits, 8 miles northwest, of central Victorville, California, about 75 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California.
George AFB was closed pursuant to a decision by the 1988 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission at the end of the Cold War. It is now the site of the Southern California Logistics Airport.