California Fire Roars Out of Control; 1,500 Evacuated

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BANNING, A fast-moving wildfire was roaring through Southern California’s San Jacinto Mountains on Thursday after burning homes, forcing evacuation of people more than 1,500 people and injuring three.

The fire had burned an estimated 6,000 acres — or more than 9 square miles — in Riverside County west of Palm Springs, said Lucas Spelman, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire was uncontained, and smoke from burning chaparral and other brush choked the air in Palm Springs, the desert resort town about 20 miles to the east.

Three people were injured. One civilian was burned and airlifted to a hospital, U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller said. Two firefighters were also injured, but details were unavailable, he said. (full story)

 

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