California Wildfire Prompts Evacuations of 200 Homes

 California Wildfire Prompts Evacuations of 200 Homes

30 August 2016

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USA —  The blaze, known as the Bogart fire, has already destroyed one building east of Los Angeles.

BANNING, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say a wildfire tearing through brush east of Los Angeles has destroyed an outbuilding and forced 700 people from their homes.

The Riverside County Fire Department says the fast-moving fire has prompted the evacuation of at least 200 homes as it races through drought-dry hills near Banning.

One firefighter was treated for a non-life-threatening injury.

The blaze, known as the Bogart fire, erupted shortly before 12:30 p.m. in the unincorporated Cherry Valley area and has thrown up a line of 25-foot-high flames. Winds gusting to about 20 mph and tinder-dry fuel are helping propel the blaze, which is just 5 percent contained.

A mobile home park and scattered homes on large properties have been evacuated.

More than 300 firefighters and more than a dozen aircraft are battling the flames.

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