Deadly Wildfire Burning in California Prompts Evacuation Orders

A wildfire burnings near Hemet, California, killed at least two people and wounded another as the blaze exploded in size on the afternoon of Monday, September 5.

The Fairview Fire grew by 500 acres one hour after igniting east of Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, according to Cal Fire. By evening it had grown to 700 acres and was 5 percent contained.

In a Twitter post, Cal Fire also said, “there have been 2 confirmed civilian fatalities and 1 civilian injury. 7 structures have been destroyed and several more damaged.”

This footage, filmed by Twitter user @RadTravelDad, shows air tankers dropping flame retardant on the fire in Hemet. Credit: @RadTravelDad via Storyful

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