Authorities say a wildfire has burned at least two structures and 200 acres of brush in Riverside County near Vail Lake, and about 30 rural homes have been evacuated. County fire Captain Fernando Herrera says the fire started at about 4 p.m. Saturday in the Cleveland National Forest in the Temecula area, where the temperature is in the mid-90s. He says at least two buildings burned but it was not immediately clear whether they were homes.
Herrera says the fire could also be approaching recreation spots and a resort at the lake. The evacuated homes are along Highway 79, and an evacuation center has opened at Great Oak High School in Temecula.
A fire in steep canyons and rural communities near Los Angeles, California, was lapping at the northern edge of the town of Moorpark on Wednesday, a fire spokesman said. Authorities ordered the evacuation of residents between Moorpark and nearby Fillmore, where the Guiberson Fire began Tuesday morning, said Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Tom Kruschke. The fire is named for a road near where it started. Voluntary evacuations were recommended in northern Moorpark, he said.
The blaze northwest of Los Angeles threatened 1,000 mostly ranch homes and 20 commercial properties, in addition to more rural areas to the west, Kruschke said. Included in that count were 500 to 600 homes in the Bardsdale and Meridian Hills communities, the county fire department said. Kruschke said there also were concerns that the fire could breach pipelines connected to pumping rigs in oil fields. If that happened, workers would cut the oil flow to prevent fire from spreading through the lines, fire spokesman Bill Nash said.
Kruschke said the fire expanded during the night, with some of the flames moving toward Somis, a rural community south of Moorpark. Four firefighters suffered smoke and heat-related injuries, the Ventura County Fire Department said. They were treated at a hospital and released. More hot, dry weather was expected Wednesday. The National Weather Service predicted a high of 101 and humidity in the single digits. "We're expecting the fire to perform about the same as yesterday," Kruschke said.
Authorities were still investigating to determine how the Guiberson Fire began. The fire remained 10 percent contained after scorching 13 square miles, or about 8,500 acres.
Moorpark College in the foothills between Moorpark and Simi Valley canceled classes Wednesday. Kruschke said 864 firefighters had been assigned to the blaze, and Air Force planes were joining the effort Wednesday. Firefighters had 25 miles of containment lines to build before more of the blaze could be controlled, he said.
Authorities estimate that the fire has cost $1.1 million to battle so far.
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