Residents evacuated as US wildfire rages
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.