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One person killed when tree falls on vehicle in San Bernardino County

June 3, 2009 |  3:22 pm

Harsh weather conditions today in San Bernardino County caused at least one fatality, authorities said.

A tree snapped about 11 a.m. and fell on a vehicle traveling on Catalina Road just north of Avalon Road in Big Bear Lake. The vehicle was crushed and at least one person was confirmed dead, according to a news release from the Big Bear Lake Fire Department.

Weather conditions also fueled lightning strikes today, which sparked at least 15 fires -- the largest of which burned about 150 acres -- in the San Bernardino National Forest. Most of the fires were less than one acre.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz