August 2, 2020

Crews battle fire in southern California

Los Angeles (AFP) – Crews battled a blaze Sunday that was threatening thousands of people and homes in southern California east of Los Angeles.The so-called Apple Fire that broke out Friday near the city of San Bernardino has so far charred more than 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of land, sending up columns of smoke visible from far away.It was so smoky that authorities declared an air quality alert Saturday evening.At least 2,600 homes and nearly 7,800 people were evacuated, and officials said it was not clear when they might be able to come back.As of 1530 GMT, more than 1,360 firefighters …


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