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"Apple Fire" burning in Riverside County now over 26,000 acres, 5% contained

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Posted at 8:16 AM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 11:16:43-04

The so-called Apple Fire, burning North of Cherry Valley in Riverside County, has reached 26,450 acres, prompting further evacuation orders. The fire is 5% contained.

Evacuation orders are in place the area north of Wilson St., east of Sunset Ave. and west of Hathaway St., as well as those South of the County Line, North of Dutton Street and East of Oak Glen Road, North of Cherry Valley Blvd. West of Highland Springs East of Beaumont Avenue, Potato Canyon Area West to Raywood Flat, in San Bernardino County.

The brush fire sparked Friday in the Banning Canyon area and forced more than 7,000 people to evacuate.

The evacuation center is at Beaumont High School, located at 39139 Cherry Valley Blvd. Animals can also be taken to that location.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.