A fire in Riverside County, California, has grown to more than 200 acres, forcing two residential communities to be evacuated.
The fire in Mountain Center was estimated to be 235 acres by 5 p.m., according to a report from the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/15C5amG). It’s in the vicinity of the mountain community of Idyllwild.
More than 300 firefighters are battling the fire, with 12 fire crews, four helicopters, and six air tankers.
California fire officials have raised alarms about the current conditions in Southern California and warn that the wildfire season there could be the worst in a century. This fire season in the West has already seen its share of tragedy, including the deaths of 19 hotshots from the Prescott (AZ) Fire Department.