Nearly 8,000 residents of Riverside County, southern California, were forced to evacuate their homes on Saturday as a wildfire spread unconfined over more than 4,000 acres, the fire department said. county.
The blaze, dubbed Apple Fire by local firefighters – who regularly give identifying names to the flames – was reported on Friday in Cherry Valley, a community about 120 miles east of Los Angeles and had destroyed at least a family home on Saturday night.
Photos shared by Riverside County firefighters on Twitter on Saturday showed thick plumes of smoke filling the skies above the mountainous region.
Residents of 2,586 homes, totaling about 7,800 people, had been ordered to evacuate, the department said.
The fire had grown from 700 acres on Friday night to 4,125 acres on Saturday night and was 0% contained, according to county firefighters and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).
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