Apple fire triggers evacuations in Riverside County – Los Angeles Times

by theindustryworld

Firefighters on Saturday were battling the Apple fire, which has burned 1,900 acres in the Cherry Valley area of Riverside County, destroyed one home and prompted evacuations in some neighborhoods.

The vegetation fire was reported at 4:55 p.m. Friday in the 9000 block of Oak Glen Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. As of 8 a.m. Saturday, there was zero containment.

More than 300 firefighters, several helicopters and air tankers responded to the fire.

Evacuation orders are in place for residents north of Cherry Valley Boulevard, west of Highland Springs and east of Beaumont Avenue. They also include residents north of Gilman Street in the Banning Bluff area. An evacuation center has been opened at Beaumont High School for people and animals.


Fernando Herrera, a public information officer with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Riverside County Fire Department, said Friday that about 1,000 residents had been ordered to evacuate. He said open land with thick vegetation has provided “quite a bit of fuel for that fire to continue to burn [and] have a lot of intensity.”

He said the fire was burning very close to homes.

Black clouds of smoke emerge from the Apple fire near Cherry Valley in Riverside County. The brush fire erupted Friday afternoon before burning through dozens of acres within two hours.

(Southern California Edison)

“A lot of people’s backyards were on fire,” Herrera said. “It ran in between homes and around homes. It definitely was very threatening. We could have lost homes, but we brought in a massive amount of ground resources to do structure defense, protect the life and property of all these residents.”


The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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