California wildfires, fueled by desert winds, drive evacuations

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TEMECULA, Calif. — A Southern California wildfire fueled by desert winds has burned 2,487 acres (1,010 hectares) and prompted evacuation orders for greater than 4,000 folks in Riverside County, officers stated Tuesday.

The Upland Hearth almost doubled in dimension from Monday evening into Tuesday, because it was blown westward by Santa Ana winds. This seasonal phenomenon happens when dry desert air blows towards the ocean, creating a fireplace threat in Southern California.

The California Division of Forestry and Hearth Safety (Cal Hearth) stated the blaze was 10% contained as of Tuesday night, after crews attacked the blaze on the bottom and plane dropped a fuchsia-colored retardant.

About 1,220 properties and 4,270 residents had been issued obligatory evacuation orders, whereas evacuation warnings had been issued for an additional 1,136 properties and three,976 residents, Cal Hearth spokesman Thomas Schutz stated.

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