California wildfire, fueled by desert winds, forces evacuations

The Highland Fire nearly doubled in size overnight, pushed to the west by Santa Ana winds, a seasonal phenomenon when dry desert air blows toward the ocean, creating a fire hazard in Southern California.

The fire was 0% contained as of Tuesday morning, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said. Cal Fire crews attacked the blaze with teams on the ground and aircraft dropping fuchsia-colored retardant.

The Riverside County Fire Department ordered the evacuation of roughly 4,000 people, including the small town of Aguanga where the fire started on Monday. The fire represented a continued threat to structures with several roads closed and evacuation orders in effect, Cal Fire said.after unusually heavy rainfall that included the first tropical storm to reach heavily populated areas of the state for the first time in 84 years. headtopics.com

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