Firefighters make progress battling Silver Fire
BANNING, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are making progress battling Southern California’s latest destructive wildfire, which has burned 26 homes and threatened more than 500 others in the San Jacinto Mountains.
The Silver Fire, which charred 30 square miles in three days, is 70 percent contained. The fire stopped advancing Saturday as firefighters focused on extinguishing hot spots.
The blaze injured 10 firefighters and seriously burned a mountain biker who was overrun by the fast-moving flames on Wednesday.
At its peak, the fire forced the evacuation of 1,800 people, including 800 campers, but orders have been lifted for all evacuees.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency for the area Friday, freeing up additional funds and resources for the firefight and recovery.