Southern California Wildfire Grows Extensively

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BANNING, Calif. (AP) — A destructive wildfire burning in Southern California's San Jacinto Mountains has grown to more than 15 square miles.

Fire officials estimate that the fire 90 miles east of Los Angeles grew from 6,000 acres late Wednesday to 10,000 acres early Thursday.

Fire officials also report that there's still zero percent containment and all evacuation orders for small communities in the area remain in effect.

Some 1,500 people are believed to have been forced out by the flames. Two firefighters and a civilian have been injured.

BANNING, Calif. (AP) -- A thousand firefighters are battling a wildfire burning out of control in Southern California's San Jacinto Mountains 90 miles east of Los Angeles.

State fire spokeswoman Julie Hutchinson says the fire is still officially at 6,000 acres -- more than 9 square miles -- but that's expected to increase after a Thursday morning mapping flight.

Flames are being pushed from west to east by a steady wind.

Fifteen structures are known to have burned since the blaze erupted Wednesday afternoon, but it's not known how many are homes. Two firefighters and a civilian have been injured.

About 1,500 people have been evacuated from small communities.

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