Motorcyclist sparks fast-growing fire in Southern California
Friday, October 27, 2017, 17:14 - A brush fire burning in California’s Cleveland National Forest grew to over 700 acres early Friday, October 27, after a motorcyclist lost control of his vehicle, setting a tree and surrounding brush on fire the day before, the LA Times reported.
The video above, captured by the Forest Fire Lookout Association San Diego-Riverside Chapter, shows an early evening timelapse view of the fire from a nearby watchtower on Thursday.
The fast-growing blaze remained at only 15 percent containment after it jumped from 20 to 200 acres in the span of two hours and then more than tripled in size overnight, according to the report.
Some 200 homes were placed under mandatory evacuation orders in western Riverside County, according to local media.
Fire crews fought the blaze with air tankers and water-dropping helicopters, because it was difficult for ground based vehicles to gain access to the location.
This fire comes amid a historic wildfire season across the state and a record-breaking hot week across southern California.
Another view of the fire below: Southern California wildfire wends plumes of black smoke into the sky
Sources: Storyful | LA Times | ABC News Los Angeles