On Friday evening, firefighters fought the Apple fire that set fire to 1,720 acres in Riverside County's Cherry Valley area.

The vegetation fire was reported at 4:55 p.m. at 9000 block on Oak Glen Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. On Friday at 11:25 p.m. there was 0% containment.

More than 300 firefighters, several helicopters and air tankers responded to the fire.

Evacuation orders apply to residents south of the County Line, north of Dutton Street and east of Oak Glen Road. This includes residents north of Gilman Street in the Banning Bluff region. An evacuation center for people and animals has been opened at Beaumont High School.

Fernando Herrera, an information officer at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Riverside County Fire Department, said approximately 1,000 residents had been ordered to evacuate. He said open land with thick vegetation "provided quite a bit of fuel for this fire to continue burning (and) have a lot of intensity".

There have been no reports of structural damage, but the fire has come very close to the houses.

Black clouds of smoke emerge from the apple fire near Cherry Valley in Riverside County. The bushfire broke out on Friday afternoon before burning through dozens of acres within two hours.

(Southern California Edison)

"Many people's backyards were on fire," said Herrera. “It ran between houses and around houses. It was definitely very threatening. We could have lost houses, but we brought in an enormous amount of land resources to defend the structure and protect the lives and property of all these residents. "

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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