Cherry Valley brush fire burns 4,125 acres as mandatory evacuation orders remain

CHERRY VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) — A wildfire in the Cherry Valley area of Riverside County remained 0% contained on Saturday morning after spreading to 4,125 acres and prompting mandatory evacuation orders, officials said.

At least one home and two outbuildings were destroyed by the Apple Fire, which began shortly before 5 p.m. Friday near Oak Glen Road and Apple Tree Lane. No injuries have been reported.

Responding firefighters in the air and on the ground attacked the flames in an effort to protect homes that were threatened, performing water drops from helicopters and establishing fire lines.

An evacuation order was issued for the area north of Cherry Valley Boulevard, west of Highland Springs Avenue and east of Beaumont Avenue. An evacuation center was established at Beaumont High School, located at 39139 Cherry Valley Blvd. in Beaumont.

The evacuation orders were then expanded for homes north of Wilson Street, east of Sunset Avenue and west of Hathaway Street.

Voluntary evacuation orders were issued for residents in the Oak Glen and Forest Falls areas. Oak Glen residents were advised to evacuate using Oak Glen Road or Potato Canyon, while those in Forest Falls were told to use Highway 38 to evacuate.

Nearly 2,600 homes, totaling some 7,800 people, were effected by those orders, fire officials said.

Firefighters can again expect triple-digit temperatures in the area as they continue to battle the flames on Saturday.

Crews are expected to focus their efforts on the Banning Bluff area, said Captain Fernando Herrera of Cal Fire Riverside. “The fire made a good run last night, threatened a lot of the homes,” he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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