CHERRY VALLEY (CBSLA) – The apple fire in the Cherry Valley, exacerbated by high heat and strong winds, continued to spread on Saturday after almost doubling overnight.
The fire, which is believed to originate from three separate fires, was first reported shortly before 5 p.m. Friday in the Apple Tree Lane and Oak Glen Road area, at the north end of the unincorporated community bordering Beaumont, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
RCFD and CAL FIRE have issued evacuation orders to residents north of Wilson Street, east of Sunset Avenue and west of Hathaway Street. east of Oak Glen Road west of Banning Canyon Road and along Pine Beach Road; north of Cherry Valley Boulevard, west of Highland Springs, east of Beaumont Avenue; north of Gilman Street intersection with Bluff Street; south of the County Line, north of Dutton Street and east of Oak Glen Road.
There was an evacuation warning for the residents of Potato Canyon Area West on the Raywood Flat.
As of 3:00 p.m., the Apple Fire spread to 4,125 acres and remained at 0%.
The agencies reported a family home and two annexes were destroyed by the fire near Avenida Miravilla.
Approximately 2,586 houses with a total of approximately 7,800 people are evacuated because the land continues to be threatened by the flames.
"I can't thank CAL FIRE enough for getting through here and providing my house with a fire retardant that saved my house," said Tim Daniels.
Overnight, the fire moved east towards Banning Bluff, where 30 engines crouched to protect the neighborhood.
"An incredible sight to see how much fire is going to your house," said Mindy Romero.
Law enforcement officers went door-to-door and searched 400 houses after a mandatory evacuation was ordered, but many chose to stay.
"We loaded everything we needed. We have an RV and animals, ”said Romero.
At the request of the fire brigade, Edison in Southern California cut power on Friday along Glen Oak Road and the surrounding side streets to prevent potential additional fires from breaking out when burned pylons collapse and power lines fall.
Although investigators say that it is too early to know the exact cause of the fire, they are considering the possibility that the fire was intentionally started.
Some residents said they saw a person walking down Apple Tree Lane who they believed was deliberately lighting the fires along the street.
An evacuation center, including an animal center, has been established at Beaumont High School on 39139 Cherry Valley Boulevard.
Riverside County officials will continue to update the Apple Fire incident data sheet as the information becomes available.
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