Vehicles are threatened by flames as the Highland Fire burns in Aguana, California, on October 31, 2023.
A wildfire in Southern California has burned more than 2,000 acres and prompted more than 4,000 people in Riverside County to evacuate.
What is now being called the Highland Fire was first reported on Monday and exploded in size from Monday night and into Tuesday morning, Reuters reported. As of Wednesday morning, only 15% of the 2,487-acre fire was contained by emergency responders, according to an update from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). There are currently no confirmed casualties as a result of the fire. The flames didn’t spread much overnight, but “steady winds with low relative humidity may increase the risk of erratic fire behavior,” according to Cal Fire.
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