Thousands evacuated because of Southern Calif. fire

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Some 82,000 residents in San Bernardino County, California, are under a mandatory evacuation order because of a fast-growing wildfire, a Cal Fire spokesman said.

Alma Andrade looks at some of her burned plants and a shed that had tools, children's clothes and other items as multi-agency fire crews mop up the Clayton fire after structures were destroyed in Lower Lake, California.

VIDEO: Cross burns as Blue Cut Fire explodes in San Bernardino National ForestThe fast-moving blazed forced several evacuations, including the entire community of Wrightwood, which has about 4,500 residents.

Some structures have already burned, he told the AP.

The 14-square-mile fire near Cajon Pass has seen massive growth in the eight hours since it broke out on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, evacuations enforced due to another fire in Lake County were partially lifted after the blaze showed signs of fading, Berlant said.

The latest fire in the southern part of the state follows another blaze in the North of California.

A red flag warning is in effect in the fire area, with a high of near 100 degrees and south winds bringing gusts as high as 30 miles per hour forecast, according to the National Weather Service.

Cajon Pass is about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Officials say he is also suspected in several other fires over the past year in Lake County.

"The fire, which is not under control, advance very quickly, it is very risky both for people but also for firemen", said she warned, told AFP.

According to the incident report for the fire, an unknown number of homes or structures have been damaged, and a staff photographer for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin captured images of homes burning near Highway 138.

The 15 Freeway was closed on both sides through the Cajon Pass.

A 10-day-old wildfire in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles is finally fully surrounded. It was 20 percent contained.

It was not immediately clear if the fire was surging toward more residential areas or out into the desert.

The cause remains under investigation.

In central California's wine region, the Chimney fire burned 2,792ha near the city of San Luis Obispo.

The Big Sur blaze is one of six large wildfires in the state.

(AP Photo/Josh Edelson). Andrea McMullen cries as it is announced that Damin Pashilk was arrested on arson charges for allegedly sparking a wildfire that exploded over the weekend in a Northern California town, in Middletown, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 15.

Roughly 1,600 firefighters are battling the blaze Tuesday through warm temperatures and light winds.