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Ray Kelly said at a news conference Sunday afternoon. Authorities still do not know what caused the fire but they have begun to identify the dead, including eight Sunday:. Authorities also identified an eighth person but did not release a name because the person is 17 years old. Authorities did not immediately say if that person was among those publicly identified on Sunday.
The 7, acre- El Dorado wildfire above Yucaipa in San Bernardino County was caused by a pyrotechnic device used to generate smoke during a party, authorities said, as hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze Sunday with more record heat forecast for Southern California. More than 3, residences were affected by the fire as of Saturday evening, Cal Fire spokeswoman Cathey Mattingly said. It consumed 3, acres by a.
Sunday and more than doubled in size by sunset. They said the fire started at a. Also Sunday, Gov. No injuries were immediately reported tied to the El Dorado fire, though officials confirmed an outbuilding was destroyed. More than firefighters and other personnel were at the scene Sunday, and crews on the ground were aided by aerial tankers and helicopters.
Behrens said firefighters were protecting structures in communities and using water and retardant aerial drops to fight the fire. On steep terrain, one of the main causes for the fire spread was rollouts, where fallen burning trees roll downhill and set vegetation ablaze, with the fire going back upslope, a dangerous situation for firefighters, Behrens said in a statement. Three-hundred foot flame lengths were reported early Sunday morning. In the afternoon, the fire spread a pall of smoke and falling ash across a wide area of Inland Southern California, in addition to the oppressive heat.
Late Sunday afternoon, Yucaipa widened the evacuation area again, to north of Yucaipa Blvd. Evacuations and road closures ordered after the fire was reported remained in effect. The fire burned northeast, away from the city.
The blaze disrupted the traditional Labor Day weekend start of the apple harvest season in the Oak Glen area, where visitors come for orchards, fruit stands, cider mills, restaurants and shops along about 20 miles of Oak Glen Road.
Firefighting resources are in short supply because of fires throughout the state, he said. The El Dorado fire is west of where the Apple fire that started July 31 and burned for most of August and at last report had consumed more than 33, acres and destroyed four homes.
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Red Cross reception center at Yucaipa community center. He had been checking on the conference center, and so far it was safe, he said.
In the morning he saw firefighters laying containment lines with fire retardant by Parrish Pioneer Ranch on the northwest side of town. The National Weather Service predicted a high Sunday near for the Yucaipa area, with an east wind of 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the afternoon. The agency warned that some areas of Southern California could be hotter than Saturday, when several high temperature records were broken.
A red flag warning for fire danger and an excessive heart warning were in effect. Along with the heat, firefighters faced a day of low humidity, with extremely dry brush in the fire area.
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Chudy is regional director of mountains preserves with the Wildlands Conservancy, which runs both a preserve in Oak Glen and a reserve on the other side of the ridge near Forest Falls, among others. He is also concerned about future problems caused by the fires for both Oak Glen and Forest Falls. Mandatory evacuation for all residents north of Carter St. East and west of Bryant. Please follow the directions and calmly leave the area.
Highway 38 is closed for 12 miles, starting at Bryant Street in Yucaipa, to the community of Angelus Oaks. Moreno Valley residents Jeanne and Edwin Sims and their two young children were at the nearby Los Rios Rancho apple farm, which was forced to close later Saturday afternoon.
As the family drove up the mountain toward the farm, they pointed out the window for their 3-year-old son toward burnt trees and brush, blackened by the Apple fire, which had burned more than 33, acres in July and August.
When the Sims family arrived at Los Rios Rancho about a. In the distance the Sims saw a thin column of smoke rising into the sky. Soon after, firetrucks, sirens blaring, began racing past the farm. The large cloud loomed over the family as they picked apples and berries and hopped onto a tractor-trailer for a hayride. At some points, Jeanne Sims said the smoke blocked the sun, giving temporary shade from the scorching heat.
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