FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Firefighters in southern California are trying to gain control of the area's first major wildfire of the season.
It forced thousands of people from their homes Monday.
Officials say the blaze has consumed over 27 thousand acres of land since the fire began Friday.
— Damien Jemison (@StudioDee) August 3, 2020
California officials say the blaze was sparked by a malfunctioning diesel vehicle.
The vehicle emitted burning carbon from its exhaust that then lit dry brush on fire.
— Shane Wolf (@Smwolf85) August 3, 2020
According to California Fire, 12 structures have been destroyed by the Apple Fire and one firefighter was treated for an injury.
Officials are hoping that a dip in temperatures and an increase in humidity will help the firefighters battle the blaze.
As of Tuesday morning, the wildfire was 30% contained.
The Apple Fire burning above Beaumont tonight. pic.twitter.com/UZ7pOEQzit
— Brody Hessin (@BrodyHessin) August 1, 2020