A fire in southern California that was considered the Apple fire, forced evacuation orders to several neighborhoods after burning over 4,000 acres and destroying at least one Saturday at home.
The fire, which started in Riverside, about 75 miles from Los Angeles, is said to have contained zero percent, although 375 firefighters, dozens of engines and air support are on the scene.
Warnings and evacuation orders were set for the Potato Canyon and Oak Glen areas, while the fire moved to San Bernardino County, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) on Saturday.
“About 2,586 homes totaling around 7,800 people are under evacuation orders,”
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The fire was first reported to rescuers on Friday afternoon, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation. A house and two structures were reportedly destroyed.
Firefighters are working in extreme heat conditions, with temperatures reaching up to 103 degrees in Riverside and 104 degrees in San Bernardino, according to the National Weather Service.
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CAL FIRE was not immediately reachable for comment.
A warning of excessive heat has also been issued in the San Bernardino and Riverside County valleys, where people are advised to stay away from the sun, drink lots of fluids and check on relatives of neighbors – noting that leaving children and pets in car during the heat the warning is strictly prohibited.
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The National Weather Service warned that hot and dry weather is expected throughout the following week, and winds are expected to hover around 16 mph during the evening, becoming less windy earlier in the week.
Southern California is also prone to fire risks in the fall season.