Over 7,000 people evacuated due to fire in California

A firefighter watches the Apple Fire in Cherry Valley, California, on Saturday. Photo via CNN

California, United States — More than 7,000 people have been evacuated from South California due to Apple Fire.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, approximately 7,800 people have been evacuated as an out-of-control wildfire burns.

The fire began on Friday shortly before 5pm according to CNN affiliate KABC-TV. Luckily no injuries have been reported although a single family home and two outbuildings were destroyed by the fire.

Rob Roseen, the fire department spokesman told CNN that evacuation centers have been set up at local hotels and at Beaumont High School.

All of the evacuation centers that have been set up is will enforce Covid-19 protocols such as temperature screenings upon entry, masks and social distancing, Roseen mentioned.

As of Saturday night, the fire has burned about 12,000 acres and is 0% contained, according to the fire department. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
The National Weather Service disclosed that there is increased potential for plume growth with fires this weekend due to hot temperatures, very low humidities and onshore winds.