A wildfire burning in Southern California forced thousands from their homes as firefighters work to contain the blaze.
The fire, which has been dubbed the “Apple Fire,” has ripped through more than 20,000 acres in Riverside and San Bernardino counties just east of Los Angeles. At least one home was destroyed, and two other structures have been damaged by the fire.
More than 7,800 people were evacuated as of Saturday night. One resident who lives near the area told KTLA that the San Bernardino National Forest was at high risk for a fire, with little rain leaving lots of dry bushes and sticks to fuel the blaze.
“Even though we’ve had fires in the past, it’s been a number of years,” the man said. “So, there’s a lot of heavy fuel out there. It’s dry. It was 106 degrees yesterday — perfect conditions for something to really get going, and that’s what happened.”
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is investigating the cause of the blaze. While it could be the work of an arsonist, the dry conditions mean the fire could have been started by a dragging trailer chain or any other spark. No injuries have been reported.
As of Sunday morning, there were more than 15 wildfires burning throughout the state of California.