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California wildfire destroys 1 home, prompts new evacuations

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Posted at 8:47 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 23:47:50-04

BEAUMONT, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire northwest of Palm Springs flared up Saturday, with evacuation orders for thousands of people as crews fought the blaze in triple-degree heat.

The Apple Fire began as two separate fires Friday evening in Cherry Valley, an unincorporated area near the city of Beaumont in Riverside County. As of 8:00 p.m. Saturday, the fire was 12,000 acres and remained 0% contained, according to Cal Fire.

The fire has destroyed one home. Authorities said homes are in the path of the flames but they're not in imminent danger. An evacuation map is available here.

The blaze is one of several that firefighters are battling as Southern California is gripped by a heat wave.

The mercury hit 105 degrees in Palm Springs Saturday afternoon.