Wildfire Rages in Banning, California, Prompting Evacuations

California Banning Fire (Silver Fire)

According to NBC Southern California, mandatory evacuations have been issued to many of the residents of the Banning area, as wildfires rage, uncontrollably.

Christened the “Silver Fire,” the inferno has burgeoned considerably, covering an expanse of 2,500 acres, as of 4:30 p.m.

California Fires (Silver Fire)The areas affected by the mandatory evacuation order include community regions of Poppet Flats, Twin Pines and Silent Valley. Evacuees are able to attend an emergency evacuation center, established at the Hemet High School 41701, East Stetson Avenue.

According to the fire department’s estimates, the blaze had consumed more than 300 acres of land, within the space of just an hour.

A number of fire fighting strategies are being implemented, as air-lifted tanker of water are dispatched to the scene, alongside 212 firefighter and over five dozen engine companies.

The cause of the fire is, of course, yet to be determined. However, temperatures were in the upper 80s, Wednesday afternoon, while wind speeds whipped up to 17 mph. These factors, combined with the high humidity, provide an ideal environment in which a fire might rapidly spread.

By: James Fenner

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