Hundreds flee as swift California wildfire injures 5, burns homes
Dave Clark, of Twin Pines, tells a neighbor their house is ok as his own house burns on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Desert Sun, Richard Lui) (Richard Lui The Desert Sun)
Published Thursday, August 8, 2013 9:16AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 8, 2013 3:04PM EDT
BANNING, Calif. -- About 1,500 people have fled and five are injured as a wildfire in the Southern California mountains quickly spreads. Several small communities have evacuated, and up to 600 homes are threatened.
The wildfire grew to 10,000 acres (4,045 hectares) Thursday. It raged out of control in the San Jacinto Mountains, said Lucas Spelman, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. That's about 90 miles (144 kilometres) east of Los Angeles.
Four firefighters and a civilian were injured, state fire officials said.
Fire officials said 15 structures were burned but could not say how many were homes. Footage from TV news helicopters and photos from the scene showed several houses in flames.
About 1,000 firefighters, helped by helicopters and air tankers, were at the scene.