7,800 people forced to evacuate after wildfires burn east of Los Angeles

Wildfires burning in Cherry Valley, California, east of Los Angeles, has grown to a size of 12,000 acres, forcing about 7,800 people to evacuate, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The Apple Fire began Friday shortly before 5 p.m. PST the fire department said. As of Sunday morning, the fire is 12% contained, and over 1,360 firefighters were fighting the blaze.

No injuries have been reported. A single family home and two outbuildings were destroyed by the fire, the fire department tweeted.

Evacuation centers have been set up at local hotels and at Beaumont High School.

All evacuation centers will enforce Covid-19 protocols such as temperature screenings upon entry, masks and social distancing, fire department spokesman Rob Roseen said. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

There is increased hot temperatures, very low humidities and onshore winds make conditions suitable for a fire according to the National Weather Service.