A fire that may have been started by a campfire burned 2,000 acres of brush in rough terrain Tuesday before firefighters controlled it, said a California Department of Forestry captain.
Twentynine Palms plans a variety of activities starting Saturday for its Jaycees Fourth of July festival, and Pioneertown, North of Yucca Valley, has planned a benefit barbecue for Saturday at the movie set Hayden Ranch.
The County Board of Supervisors on Monday agreed to join three Morongo basin water districts in a project aims to bring Northern California water into the area by way of a pipeline from the California Aqueduct in Hesperia.
Sitting on a small desert knoll just west of Pioneertown, the Hayden Ranch suddenly looms before you. A sign just above the fenced driveway reads: "Out where the West begins."
A western movie set at the Hayden Ranch Will be the deciding for the ninth annual Sandra Hayden Memorial foundation benefit schedules from noon to 6 PM July 7.
But most of the 69,000 residents choose to live in the arid High Desert communities for the same reasons their predecessors did. Here they find pristine beauty, solitude, clean air and a place to live life the way they want.
Pioneertown, in the "high desert" above Palm Springs, got its start as a permanent set for cowboy-western movies. About 150 were filmed there, including such classics as "Annie Oakley," "The Cisco Kid" and the Hopalong Cassidy" series.
The festival will feature an art show, chuckwagon dinner, Western dancing, mini-rodeo, several Western melodramas and related Western activities for artists, art patrons, families and the general public.
With its dirt roads, Old West-style buildings complete with horse hitching posts and quiet serenity, Pioneertown has a real western charm.
A nightclub owner, contractor, country singer and all-around good guy, Allen also was a sometime member of the Tucson band Giant Sand, with whom he appeared in Tucson on several occasions.