Firefighters Battle to Contain Apple Fire as Blaze Grows to Over 20,000 Acres

Firefighters battled to contain the Apple Fire near Beaumont in California’s Riverside County on August 2, as the fire grew to over 20,000 acres and forced evacuation orders affecting thousands of people.

The fire was first reported at around 6 pm on July 31 in a hilly area east of Los Angeles. Much of the fire was in steep, rugged terrain that made access difficult for firefighting vehicles, according to the San Bernardino National Forest service.

CAL FIRE said the fire was 5 percent contained and had grown to 20,516 acres by 7:40 pm on August 2.

At least one home had been destroyed by the blaze as of August 2, according to news reports. Credit: Laguna Beach Firefighters via Storyful