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Apple Fire grows in Southern California: 7,800 ordered to evacuate; 0% contained

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Apple fire in Southern CaliforniaMore than a thousand Southern California firefighters and multiple aircraft were working Sunday morning to battle the Apple Fire near Beaumont, California, which has spread to more than 20,000 acres, sent smoke drifting to Arizona and continues to threaten thousands of homes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The massive blaze, which began Friday evening as two smaller fires that eventually merged, has continued to grow overnight – fed by low humidity, a slight breeze, thick vegetation and triple-digit temperatures.

As of 10 a.m. local time Sunday, the Apple Fire had scorched 20,516 acres – more than 32 square miles – destroyed three structures and was 0% contained amid efforts of 1,200 firefighters and scores of water and fire retardant drops from the air on. Earlier Sunday, some official reports had said the fire was 12% contained, though Cal Fire Capt. Fernando Herrera confirmed there has never been any containment.

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