A new devastating fire east of Los Angeles damaged or destroyed several homes and forced the evacuation of at least 1,300 people on early Thursday.
The hillside fire, approximately 70 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, was first reported. At 1:40 am, and within hours, Don Trapp had at least 200 acres burned.
Initial reports had burnt down 18 houses, but Trapp said Thursday morning: "At that time, initial assessments did we have six houses and two outbuildings that were destroyed or destroyed by the fire?"
Persistent winds between 32 km / h and 40 km / h and gusts of up to 1
"The weather will be a challenge for us today," said San Scott Howes, deputy head of the Bernardino National Forest, said:
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The authorities ordered the compulsory evacuation of about 490 houses with about 1,300 inhabitants.
Susan Mercado from the region said she was grateful that the firefighters had come to their house on time.
"We took the kittens, us and our cellphone, and that was" Mercado Old NBC Los Angeles. "The fire came through our yard, it was life or death."
She added, "I do not know how they saved our house."
This fire is the last of several fires that were fired in Tinder-dry Southern California.
In the nearby community of Riverside County in the Jurupa Valley, the so-called 46-acre fire had consumed at least 300 acres and was contained 5 percent by Thursday morning.