California Wildfire Now 40 Percent Contained

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BANNING, Calif. (AP) - The big wildfire burning 90 miles east of Los Angeles has now burned 28 square miles, but officials say it's 40 percent contained.

And evacuation orders have been lifted for some of the communities forced to evacuate. At its peak, 1,800 people, including campers, had to clear out. Only a few hundred evacuees remain.

The Silver Fire has destroyed 26 homes and threatened more than 500 others in the San Jacinto Mountains.

Five of the hundreds of firefighters battling the blaze were injured and one civilian were seriously burned.

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for the area. That means additional state funds and resources can be used in firefighting and recovery.

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