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Rapid spread of California wildfires prompts evacuations

The Hill logo The Hill 1 day ago Marina Pitofsky
clouds in front of a sunset: Rapid spread of California wildfires prompts evacuations © Riverside County Fire Department Rapid spread of California wildfires prompts evacuations

A wildfire in Southern California that began Friday evening amid blazing temperatures spread across 1,900 acres and prompted evacuations.

Officials confirmed in a tweet Saturday morning that the flames were zero percent contained. The Riverside County Fire Department responded with air and ground resources, and at least 375 firefighters were assigned to the blaze, dubbed the Apple Fire.

The Riverside County Fire Department also confirmed Saturday that at least one family dwelling and two outbuildings were destroyed in Cherry Valley, Calif.

The blazes began as two separate fires at approximately 6 p.m. Friday, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. However, evacuations were quickly ordered by Friday night to the nearby cities of Banning and Beaumont, Calif.

The fire later caused evacuations for at least 200 homes in the area, CBS News reported.

Riverside County is approximately 75 miles east of Los Angeles. Temperatures are expected to soar to 107 degrees on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

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