November 24, 2014
BANNING, Calif. (AP) - Southern California fire officials say a fast-moving wildfire has whipped through about 200 acres of Riverside County near Banning, where winds are blowing at 29 mph.
County fire spokeswoman Jody Hagemann says at least 425 firefighters are working to gain control of the fire that broke out at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The fire is raging westward through largely undeveloped foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, but it is dangerously close to subdivisions to the south.
Evacuations and street closures are in effect in several neighborhoods to the south of the fire in Banning.
If winds from the east continue driving flames westward, the fire could affect communities in Cherry Valley and Beaumont.
Much of Southern California is under red flag warnings for fire danger due to winds, low humidity and heat.