The Cherry Valley wildfire, a residential area east of Los Angeles, which has already burned more than 11,000 hectares, had human origin, confirmed this Wednesday local California authorities.
This was confirmed by the San Bernardino National Forest Unit in its latest update on the evolution of fire, which has been 30% content of its extension and it is estimated that it will not be able to be totally suffocated until next August 17.
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DAMAGED VEHICULAR EXHAUST
Specifically, the malfunction of the exhaust pipe of a diesel vehicle was the origin of this fire, known in the US as “Apple Fire”, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE, en English).
In a statement, the authorities that protect the affected forests in that area explained that the fire activity “has intensified” in the last hours in the eastern and western parts of the fire, although they expect the drop in temperatures predicted throughout of the day this Wednesday help the firefighters to better contain the flames.
So far, some 7,800 people have been evicted from their homes in Cherry Valley, a community located in Riverside County, a number that has not grown in recent hours.
Residents of the Oak Glen and Potato Canyon areas in neighboring San Bernardino County were also asked to vacate their homes as a precaution.
EVICTIONS, TRAVELING SMOKE
So far no injuries or victims have been reported, although the fire has consumed at least one single-family home and two outbuildings, according to the fire department.
The evacuated neighbors are being temporarily housed in local hotels and in the facilities of a local secondary school, maintaining the protocols necessary for COVID-19 such as temperature control upon arrival, safety distances and the use of masks.
What has increased is the number of troops displaced to fight the fire, since more than 2,500 firefighters They are working on site to put out the flames.
The National Weather Service has published images taken by its satellites that show that the smoke generated by the fire reaches Phoenix, Arizona, almost 500 kilometers away.