Apple Fire Burns More Than 33,000 Acres, 95 Percent Contained

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

The Apple Fire has grown to 33,424 acres and is 95 percent contained, according to San Bernardino National Forest incident page.

The fire is still burning in Cherry Valley in San Bernardino County.

"The Apple Fire was started in Cherry Valley CA on July 31, 2020, due to a malfunctioning diesel vehicle. Due to dry vegetation and southwest winds, the wildfire quickly spread, eventually causing evacuations and reaching 33,424 acres total. At the height of the fire, over 2,800 personnel responded and assisted on the incident," the incident page said.

The cause of the Apple Fire was determined last week, according to the Riverside County Fire Department and CAL Fire.

"CAL FIRE Peace officers have determined that the Apple Fire was the result of a vehicle malfunction, specifically, a diesel-fueled vehicle emitting burning carbon from the exhaust system," the press release said on Twitter. "The determination is reinforced by multiple independent witnesses, as well as supporting physical evidence. CAL FIRE Peace officers are seeking information from anyone that may have seen a vehicle which appeared to have mechanical problems or unusual smoke emitting from it. If you were driving on Oak Glen Road at the time the fires were small, CAL FIRE Peace officers want to talk to you. Please call our anonymous hotline at (800) 633-2836." 

#AppleFire Update, August 19, 2020Size: 33,424 acresPercent contained: 95%Incident Website: https://t.co/FV8GOY88VT @CALFIRERRU #CAFire pic.twitter.com/Acau6qbIWr

— San Bernardino National Forest (@SanBernardinoNF) August 19, 2020

CAUSE DETERMINED ON THE APPLE FIRE IN CHERRY VALLEY. Please see the attached news release with information on the cause of the #AppleFire in Cherry Valley. pic.twitter.com/nEjh8CM0ku

— CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department (@CALFIRERRU) August 3, 2020

Nearly 8,000 residents were under evacuations as hundreds of firefighters battled the Apple Fire burning in the San Bernardino Mountains north of Beaumont.

Thousands of personnel have been assigned to the fire with more coming in. 

“It was hell last night,” Virginia Ramirez, 21, of Banning says of #AppleFire that came close about a mile from her home. She could hear animals crying in the valley below and hopes they survived. She crammed her car with belongings and is keeping it packed. @pressenterprise pic.twitter.com/cTxBIUBTc9

— Cindy Yamanaka (@Cyamanaka7) August 2, 2020

The Riverside County Fire Department says the fire was possibly caused by arson.

Riverside County residents can type their address on the county website to see if they’re affected by any orders. They can also sign up for alerts on rivcoready.org.

The Oak Glen community of San Bernardino County was also ordered to evacuate on Saturday, and authorities said residents in that county should keep an eye on announcements from the Sheriff’s Department.

#AppleFire morning update: 20,516 acres at 0% containment.Our new public information line is:(909) 383-5688Please continue to follow @RivCoReady and @sbcountysheriff for evacuation info. pic.twitter.com/qCGkMGNy8a

— San Bernardino National Forest (@SanBernardinoNF) August 2, 2020

The firefight continues in Riverside County as the @CALFIRERRU is battling the #AppleFire . Firefighters have done a great job protecting structures and directing the flames around neighborhoods. 15000 acres have burned, only one home destroyed. @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/IxdvJuhQqh

— Joy Benedict (@joybenedict) August 2, 2020

Almost 3,000 homes are being evacuated and the fire is 0% contained as of Saturday night, according to Cal Fire/ Riverside County Fire Department.

#AppleFIRE [UPDATE> 8:00 p.m. 08/01/2020 - The Apple Fire is now 12,000 acres and remains 0% contained.Several EVACUATION ORDERS and warnings remain in place. Please visit https://t.co/NNPcufL1ea to search if your address is in an evacuation area. pic.twitter.com/qyV6NMUUqT

— CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department (@CALFIRERRU) August 2, 2020