Apple Fire Rages East of Los Angeles, Prompts Thousands Evacuation(Photos)

A violent wildfire erupted in Southern California on Friday northwest of Palm Springs, prompting the evacuation of at least 200 nearby homes, authorities said.

The blaze, dubbed the Apple Fire, was reported shortly before 5 p.m. in Cherry Valley, an unincorporated area near the city of Beaumont in Riverside County. Flames leaped along bushy ridge-tops and came close to homes while some 200 firefighters fought the blaze from the ground and air, authorities said. Four Cal Fire air tankers and two water-dropping helicopters were called to begin making drops as the fire raged, CBS Los Angeles reported.

No homes had been damaged by nightfall Friday and no injuries had been reported.

By Saturday, the blaze had scorched 1,900 acres. And causing the evacuation of an estaimed 7,800 people and destroying at least one house on Sunday. 

Fox News, also reported that the fire is zero percent contained, despite a large amount of air support and 375 firefighters engaged in combating it.

The fire was one of several being fought as Southern California found itself in the midst of a heat wave.

Several inland and valley areas set daily heat records, including Thermal and Idyllwild, both in the Palm Springs area. Thermal, in the Coachella Valley, had a high of 120 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking a 1996 record by one degree.

Authorities issued evacuation for north of Wilson St, east of Sunset Ave and west of Hathaway St., north of Cherry Valley, Potato Canyon and San Bernardino, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)

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