Southern California wildfire forces almost 8,000 out of their homes

Elias Hubbard
August 2, 2020

As reported by Fox News, the fire is zero percent contained, despite a large amount of air support and 375 firefighters engaged in combating it.

The fire had grown from about 280 hectares on Friday evening to almost 1,670 hectares by Saturday evening and was zero per cent contained, according to the county fire department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Residents of 2,586 homes, totaling around 7,800 people, had been told to evacuate, the department said.

The firefighters are working in extreme conditions, as the National Weather Service is reporting temperatures up to 103 degrees Fahrenheit in Riverside and 104 degrees in San Bernardino.

"At this point we are establishing control lines, and we're expecting some containment by tomorrow morning", said CalFire division Chief Ty Davis. "The public and the residents can expect additional fire department resources in and out of the area". The blaze began as two separate fires Friday evening in Cherry Valley, an unincorporated area near the city of Beaumont in Riverside County. Hundreds of people in foothill neighborhoods north of Beaumont fell under mandatory evacuation orders.

The National Weather Service has warned that hot and dry weather is expected through the next week, and winds are expected to be around 16 miles per hour through the evening, with it becoming less windy through the beginning of the week. All these components added up for the strong potential of fire weather.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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