Res­i­dents evac­u­ated as US wild­fire rages

Irish Examiner - - World News -

Evac­u­a­tion or­ders re­mained in place early yes­ter­day for thou­sands of peo­ple af­ter a wild­fire in moun­tains east of Los An­ge­les ex­ploded in size. The Ap­ple Fire in River­side County con­sumed more than 50 square kilo­me­tres of dry brush and tim­ber, ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Forestry and Fire Pro­tec­tion. As of yes­ter­day morn­ing, it was 5% con­tained.

The cause was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The blaze be­gan as two ad­ja­cent fires re­ported on Fri­day evening in Cherry Val­ley, an un­in­cor­po­rated area near the city of Beau­mont about 140km east of cen­tral Los An­ge­les.

A fire­fighter watches the fire.

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