California wildfire leaves 2 dead, explodes to 700 acres if evacuations are ordered

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authorities in Hemet, California, said two people were killed and at least one other person was injured as the Fairview wildfire continued to spread rapidly.

Cal Fire and the Riverside County Fire Department provided an update on the blaze late Monday night, saying the blaze had expanded to 700 acres and contained only 5%.

The fire is about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. It destroyed at least seven buildings and damaged several more, according to Cal Fire.

Authorities have not released any further details about the two people who died.

WILDFIRES DESTROY 10,000 ACRES IN SOUTH CALIFORNI Amid A RECORDING HEAT WAVE

Neighborhoods in East Hemet were ordered to evacuate around 5 p.m., about an hour after the Fairview fire started.

Different structures were engulfed in flames and one person was taken to a local hospital after burns.

The Fairview fire exploded to more than 500 acres in about an hour Monday afternoon.
(Cal Fire)

Riverside County deputies went door-to-door in the neighborhoods under evacuation orders to ensure people could get out safely.

Several planes and hundreds of firefighters were on site from 6 p.m

Drought conditions and extreme heat have combined to make California especially vulnerable to destructive wildfires of late.

Neighborhoods in East Hemet were under evacuation orders.

Neighborhoods in East Hemet were under evacuation orders.
(Cal Fire)

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Downtown Los Angeles hit 103 degrees on Sunday, as Burbank reached 110 degrees, which is a record.

Two women were found dead last week in the northern town of Weed, California, after the Mill Fire swept through the area.



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