PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a brush fire has prompted mandatory evacuation orders for residents of the eastern Riverside County community of Pinyon Crest.
U.S. Forest Service firefighters said the fire dubbed Flats Fire broke out Sunday morning and charred 400 acres, prompting the evacuation of the neighborhood. At last check the fire is 10% contained.
Rob Roseen, a spokesman for CAL Fire/Riverside County Fire Department, said two homes have been destroyed in a brush fire. Three other homes and three outbuildings were damaged.
At least one firefighter, who was not identified, has been injured.
Fire officials said the blaze prompted the closure of Highway 74 between Highway 371 and Palowet Drive in Palm Desert.
#FlatsFire update: due to more accurate aerial mapping, the fire is now 400 acres with 10% containment.— San Bernardino National Forest (@SanBernardinoNF) June 14, 2021
Firefighters are making good progress. The forward rate of spread was stopped at 5 p.m.
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