Wildfire burns 2,200 acres in California, meanwhile residents near San Diego County are being evacuated
BEAUMONT, Calif. – Officials say a wildfire that has burned at least 2,200 acres of brush in a remote area of Riverside County
is expected to be fully contained by midnight.
Fire department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann says Sunday that the blaze, burning in steep terrain between Beaumont and San Jacinto, is not threatening any homes.
At least 445 firefighters aided by five air tankers and five water-dropping helicopters have contained about 60 percent of the fire.
The fire was reported Saturday afternoon. Winds moving at up to 20 mph helped the flames spread to 2,000 acres in five hours. Hagemann says the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Meanwhile authorities are evacuating homes in eastern San Diego County as firefighters battle a 100-acre wildfire that has destroyed one structure. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says
the fire began around 2 p.m. Sunday in a rural area northeast of Campo and near the Golden Acorn Casino.
Capt. Daryll Pina said the fast-moving fire has destroyed one structure, but he hasn't been able to confirm what it was.
It's not clear how many residents are under the mandatory evacuation.