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Riverside County, California – Firefighters continued to fight the Apple Fire on Saturday, a wildfire in northwest Palm Springs. The fire started on Friday. The smaller fire was in the unincorporated area of ​​River Valley County. Valley merger.

Since then, the fire destroyed three buildings, prompting thousands of people to evacuate about 2,600 houses in Cherry Valley, Riverside County, and scorched 4,125 acres of land.

Authorities said that as of Saturday afternoon, about 7,800 people were forced to leave their homes. At that time, 375 firefighters, five aerial tankers, four helicopters and three bulldozers continued to fight to control the wildfire. The wildfire has expanded to 6 square miles. the above.

There were no reports of injuries.

The California Fire Department said the Apple fire started before 5 pm on Friday because at least two fires burned close to each other at Oak Glen Road 9000 in the Cherry Valley unincorporated community a few miles north of Beaumont. .

Since the fire broke out, the progress of the fire has been almost uncontrolled.

California Fire Brigade Captain Fernando Herrera said that as of Saturday afternoon, despite the help of some ground firefighters, there were still no containment measures.

Herrera said that the three-digit temperature, low humidity, breeze and dense vegetation fueled the flames, adding that the only fire prevention measures in the area are roads and natural barriers.

Officials reported that a single-family house and two outbuildings near Avenida Miravilla were destroyed.

Officials said that in addition to the fire, they also paid attention to protecting evacuees from the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, evacuation centers are used more as gates than actual shelters.

According to John Medina, the director of the American Red Cross Refuge, the activities of the pandemic shelter are kept outdoors, so on Friday.

When volunteers are asked to evacuate, they must stay in the car, provide them with water and food, and then send them to the hotel room.

Contributor: Associated Press

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