The cause of the fire is under investigation, but authorities say it likely may be a case of arson. Officials say the blaze may have started after two suspected arson fires merged into one on Friday.
“It’s kinda scary. I mean, it’s not scary but I’m angry,” Banning resident Bryan Quan said. “Honestly, I’m angry that somebody could intentionally light this. It burns me.”
The Apple Fire grew to 15,000 acres Sunday, burning at 12% containment in the Cherry Valley area of Riverside County.
CHERRY VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) — The Apple Fire grew to 15,000 acres Sunday, burning at 12% containment in the Cherry Valley area of Riverside County, where it prompted mandatory evacuation orders and charred at least one home while threatening dozens more.
Officials said at least two outbuildings were also destroyed by the blaze, which began shortly before 5 p.m. Friday near Oak Glen Road and Apple Tree Lane. No injuries have been reported.
Responding firefighters in the air and on the ground attacked the flames in an effort to protect the 2,500 homes that were threatened. Crews performed water drops from helicopters, dropping 19,000 gallons of flame retardant on Saturday to help establish containment lines and protect firefighters on the ground.