An afternoon flare-up of the Apple fire in Cherry Valley on Saturday, Aug. 1, spread the acreage burned to 12,000 acres and prompted new evacuations as firefighters attacked the sweeping blaze on a blistering hot day.

The 12,000-acre figure reported at 8 p.m. was up from 4,125 acres reported just after 3 p.m.

The flare-up was moving northwest from Pine Bench Road, said Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department Capt. Fernando Herrera. The mushroom cloud of black, brown, gray and white smoke could be seen for miles.

RELATED: This map shows the location, evacuations for the Apple Fire in Cherry Valley

Homes in the path of the flames were threatened but were not in imminent danger, he said at about 2 p.m.

The fire that started Friday was burning intensely in drainages and canyons in the higher elevations and was being spread by ridgetop winds.

More retardant-dropping airplanes and water-dropping helicopters were ordered as a result.

Just after 2 p.m., evacuations were ordered in two areas:

– East of Oak Glen Road, west of Banning Canyon Road and along Pine Bench Road.

– North of Wilson Street, east of Sunset Avenue and west of Hathaway Street.

Then at about 5 p.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department issued voluntary …read more

Source:: East Bay – Science


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