Apple Fire Rages East of Los Angeles, Thousands Evacuated

The colossal 1,600-hectare wildfire is far from being put out despite 374 firefighters and air support struggling to contain the inferno, covering the skies above large areas of southern California with smoke.

A violent wildfire, dubbed the Apple Fire, has spanned a large area in southern California, causing the evacuation of an estaimed 7,800 people and destroying at least one house on Sunday.

As reported by Fox News, the fire is zero percent contained, despite a large amount of air support and 375 firefighters engaged in combating it. The Apple Fire started in Riverside, 88 kilometres east of Los Angeles, and has currently scorched over 1,600 hectares.

Evacuation orders have been issued for north of Wilson St, east of Sunset Ave and west of Hathaway St., north of Cherry Valley, Potato Canyon and San Bernardino, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).

Video shared in social media shows columns of smoke rising to the sky as fire spreads.

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