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Sandalwood Fire burns over 800 acres, kills one in Riverside County

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 20:27:18-04

In addition to the Saddleridge Fire, another inferno has sparked up in Calimesa in Riverside County.

City and county officials have declared a local emergency due to the Sandalwood Fire which began Thursday when a trash truck dumped burning garbage in the area. That fire has destroyed 76 structures, which were mainly homes at a hilltop mobile home park.

The blaze has grown to more than 830 acres and was reported to be 10 percent contained.

Officials are saying at least one person is dead.