San Diego crews heading to Riverside to help battle wildfire: Summit Fire near Banning burning

Nearly 3,000 acres burned, 35 percent contained

SAN DIEGO - Crews from San Diego are heading to Riverside County Thursday to help battle a wildfire ranging through 2,956 acres acres in Riverside County near Banning.

Five out of the 10 fire engines from local municipalities will be sent to fight what's been dubbed as the Summit Fire and five will be at a staging area in the L.A. County region. Yesterday, 10 CalFire engines from San Diego County also assisted in the wildfire.

The Summit Fire, fueled by 29 mph winds, is raging westward through largely undeveloped foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, but it is dangerously close to subdivisions to the south.

As of 4:30 a.m. Thursday, the fire is 40 percent contained.

County fire spokeswoman Jody Hagemann says at least 425 firefighters are working to gain control of the fast-moving fire that broke out Wednesday and has destroyed one structure.

An evacuation order has been was lifted for residents of a mobile home park in the Banning area. However, some street closures are still in effect.

If winds from the east continue driving flames westward, the fire could affect communities in Cherry Valley and Beaumont.

Much of Southern California is under red flag warnings for fire danger due to winds, low humidity and heat.


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