Nearly 8,000 residents of Riverside County in Southern California were forced to evacuate their homes on Saturday as a wildfire spread uncontained across 12,000 acres, the County fire department said.
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The fire, dubbed the Apple Fire by local firefighters - who routinely give blazes identifying names - was reported Friday in Cherry Valley, a community about 75 miles east of Los Angeles and had destroyed at least one family home as of Saturday evening.
Photographs shared by the Riverside County fire department on Twitter on Saturday showed thick plumes of smoke filling the sky over the mountainous region.
#AppleFIRE [UPDATE] 8:00 p.m. 08/01/2020 - The Apple Fire is now 12,000 acres and remains 0% contained.— CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department (@CALFIRERRU) August 2, 2020
Several EVACUATION ORDERS and warnings remain in place. Please visit https://t.co/NNPcufL1ea to search if your address is in an evacuation area. pic.twitter.com/qyV6NMUUqT
Residents of 2,586 homes, totaling around 7,800 people, had been told to evacuate, the department said.
The fire had grown from 700 acres on Friday evening to 12,000 acres by Sunday morning and was 0 percent contained, according to the County fire department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).