New York : Riverside County Fire Grows Rapidly in Extreme Hot Weather in Southern California

The so-called Apple fire exceeded 2,000 acres in the early hours of Saturday

Image of the 2018 Holy Riiverside County fire.

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A forest fire that occurred around 5 pm Friday in the area of Cherry Valley, in Riverside County, grew rapidly overnight and by 1:20 am on Saturday it had already spread to more than 2,100 acres (850 hectares).

The so-called Apple fire, which started near Oak Glen Road and Apple Tree Lane, forced the evacuation of some 200 residences; At 11 p.m. Friday the order was extended north of Cherry Valley Blvd. and west of Highland Springs Avenue. Upper Mia’s Canyon Road was also added to the evacuation zone.

It was calculated before midnight that some 1,000 residents had been evacuated. Beaumont High School was converted as an evacuation center for people and animals.

According to reports, more than 300 firefighters, some helicopters and tank planes were mobilized during Friday, and although after midnight there was 0% containment, there were several houses that were saved by the intervention of the fire departments.

With temperatures exceeding 100 degrees F in various parts of Southern CaliforniaThe Apple fire was the largest and most dangerous of several that occurred on Friday.

The Tujunga fire in Sunland and the Shirley fire in Chatsworth, both small, were controlled by firefighters.

This Saturday temperatures similar to those of Friday are expected.

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