BREAKING VIDEO: Thousands to evacuate as wildfire grows in Southern California

An Apple Fire has forced nearly 8,000 people to evacuate in southern california.


USAToday reports firefighters continued Saturday to battle the Apple Fire, a wildfire northwest of Palm Springs which began Friday as smaller fires that merged in Cherry Valley, an unincorporated area in Riverside County.

The fire has since destroyed three structures, prompted thousands to evacuate about 2,600 residences and scorched about 12,000 acres in Cherry Valley, located in Riverside County.

About 7,800 people have been ordered to leave their homes as of Saturday afternoon, as 375 firefighters with five air tankers, four helicopters and three bulldozers continued to fight to control the wildfire, which had grown to more than 18 square miles, authorities said.

No injuries have been reported.

The Apple Fire began shortly before 5 p.m. Friday as “at least” two fires burning near each other in the 9000 block of Oak Glen Road in the unincorporated community of Cherry Valley, a few miles north of Beaumont, Cal Fire said.

Since its start, the fire’s progress has been pretty much unchecked.

By Saturday afternoon, Cal Fire Capt. Fernando Herrera said that despite gaining some ground firefighters still had no containment.

Breaking: 3 structures destroyed as #AppleFire grows to 4,125 acres in Cherry Valley; 0% contained