The Southern California firefighter made some progress on Wednesday in containing a wildfire that was burning in the rural Riverside County area, southwest from Los Angeles. However, authorities warned many homes and facilities were still at risk.
As Santa Ana wind weakened, the so-called Highland Fire became only moderately active. By Wednesday evening, fire crews contained it to 20%. Firefighters.
Roseen said that although the conditions were good for firefighters, the low humidity and the rugged terrain of the area made it difficult for them to do their jobs.
It is estimated that the size of this fire has remained at 10 square kilometers.
The spokesperson confirmed that one firefighter was injured but in a stable condition.
The fire started near Aguanga in rural California, 85 miles north-northeast of San Diego. As the flames spread, 4,000 people were ordered to evacuate.
Officials said that because of the progress against the fire made on Wednesday, several evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings and some thousands people are now allowed to go back to their homes. However, about 2,500 houses and other buildings remain threatened.
Roseen warned that despite the favorable forecast, anyone allowed to go home must remain alert.
He added, “There’s always the chance of wind picking up.”
Officials reported that seven homes, other buildings and structures were destroyed while six more were damaged.
George Boyles, a retired man from The Press-Enterprise said that initially the fire appeared to be far away but then suddenly got closer. He and his wife Lucila had originally planned to leave by car. However, they were forced to wait out the firestorm on a piece of cleared land.
The house and garage of the man were both destroyed.
Luis Quinonez was not home when his property burned down. He told the AP that no one was hurt and all of his animals, including dogs, cats and chickens, survived.
Santa Ana winds blows from the interior to the Pacific Coast. They have been known for a very long time to fan wildfires in the area. The dry air dries out the vegetation and makes it more flammable. Forecasters predict that the moist ocean breeze will return to Friday.
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