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Calif. Wildfire Destroys Buildings, Forces Hundreds of Evacuations

Posted by feww on August 8, 2013

Fierce wildfire consumes 5,000 acres, destroys homes, forces evacuations of 3 communities in Riverside County

A fast-growing wildfire in Riverside County consumed more than 5,000 acres within a few hours of being ignited.

The Silver fire started at about 2:00pm PDT on Wednesday (UTC -7 hrs.) near Highway 243, south of Banning, and quickly spread, consuming at least 5,000 acres and destroying at least 10 homes and an undetermined number of  building in Twin Pines, and nearby Poppet Flats.

Mandatory evacuations were in place for hundreds of homes in the three communities of Twin Pines, Poppet Flats and Silent Valley. Authorities have also closed Highway 243.

The fire was zero percent contained as of posting.

DT Palm Springs - silver fire -MDSSmoke from the Silver Fire near Banning blankets downtown Palm Springs on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.  Credit:  Michael Snyder/The Desert Sun. Image may be subject to copyright.

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