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Raging Southern California Wildfire Threatens Life, Property

A wildfire in Southern California's High Desert region continues to rage largely uncontrolled as of early Friday morning.

The blaze, located just 4 miles south of Banning or 80 miles east of Los Angeles, has burned 14,000 acres and was 20 percent contained as of 9:30 p.m. PDT Thursday, according to CALFIRE.

Firefighters struggled to control the blaze on Thursday; this resulted in five injured firefighters and one injured civilian.

The fire continued to burn actively into the night, fanned by gusty winds out of the west. The wind has helped the fire move eastward toward the major Interstate 10, into the Cabazon area, where evacuation orders are in effect.

Mother Nature isn't expected to cooperate with fire personnel on Friday as a low pressure system in the upper levels of the atmosphere transfers occasionally gusty west-southwesterly winds down to the surface.

The wind, in combination with seasonable warmth and dry conditions, will work against containment of the blaze.

Those living in communities south and west of the blaze should be spared of major impact; however, those to the north and east should be prepared to take action if ordered.

Smoke from the blaze can drift as far east as the northern Coachella Valley or to near Desert Hot Springs.

Slightly gentler winds on Saturday may aid fire personnel in their pursuit to subdue the blaze.

Story by Meteorologist Ben Noll.