CHERRY VALLEY (CBSLA) — A large brush fire burned more than 4,125 acres and threatened homes Saturday in Cherry Valley, prompting evacuations in a number of neighborhoods.
The fires were initially reported shortly before 5 p.m. Friday in the area of Apple Tree Lane and Oak Glen Road, on the north end of the unincorporated community that borders Beaumont, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
By Saturday at 11:15 a.m., RCFD and CAL FIRE had issued evacuation orders for residents north of Cherry Valley Boulevard, West of Highland Springs and East of Beaumont Avenue; north of Gilman Street cross of Bluff Street; South of the County Line, North of Dutton Street and East of Oak Glen Road. An evacuation warning was also placed for the Potato Canyon area west, to Raymond Flat in the Oak Glen area.
As of 3 p.m., the Apple Fire spread to 4,125 acres and remained 0% contained.
The agencies reported one single-family dwelling and two outbuildings were destroyed by the fire near Avenida Miravilla.
At the request of the fire department, Southern California Edison on Friday cut off power along Glen Oak Road and surrounding side streets to prevent potential additional fires from breaking out as burned power poles collapsed, dropping power lines.
An investigation was meanwhile underway into the cause of the fire. Several residents reported to police that they saw a person walking down Apple Tree Lane who they believed was setting fires along the road.
An evacuation center, including a center for animals, was set up at Beaumont High School, located at 39139 Cherry Valley Boulevard.
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