Highland Fire in Aguanga, California, Forces Thousands to Evacuate – News21USA

A fire that broke out Monday in Southern California prompted the evacuation of thousands of people after burning more than 1,200 acres in less than eight hours, aided by Santa Ana winds and dry weather, according to firefighters.

The Highland Fire, which was first reported in Aguanga at 12:37 p.m. local time, was completely uncontained by around 8 p.m. Evacuation orders were gradually expanded as the fire grew. About 1,300 homes and 4,000 people have been evacuated, Maggie Cline De La Rosa of the Riverside County Fire Department told local television station KTLA 5. She said three structures had been destroyed and six others were damaged.

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