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Ribbon Fire burns 200 acres in Pinyon Pines area, fire officials say

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Cecil Davis | 27 July, 2018, 13:55

He was spotted at one of the starting points of the blaze in Riverside County.

The fire was the largest of at least five that police believe were purposely set Wednesday by a man whose vehicle was reportedly spotted at the starting point of the blaze in Riverside County, officials said.

A fast-moving wildfire - believed to have been sparked by arson - tore through trees, burned five homes and forced evacuation orders for an entire forest town as California sweltered under a heat wave.

Portions of Highways 74 and 243 are closed.

Winds reaching 60 miles per hour are creating firenadoes strong enough to overturn vehicles, authorities said.

The weather was calm Thursday morning in the San Jacinto Mountains where the fire broke out but forecasters stated that temperatures will stay above normal in the 90s to 100 with low relative humidity and that there could be gusty afternoon and evening winds. All homes accessed from roads north of Hialeah were under mandatory evacuation, while homes south of Hialeah through just south of Highway 371, including those accessed from Hialeah, were under an evacuation warning, officials said.

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Dozens of other large blazes, including the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, are charring hundreds of thousands of acres across the Western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. "There have been some injuries to civilians and firefighters", California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean told the Sacramento Bee newspaper.

Authorities ordered residents to leave Idyllwild and several neighboring communities, home to about 12,000 people.

How much of the Cranston fire has been contained?

The park itself is not in imminent danger, but the areas are being used for fire operations and are also filled with unhealthy amounts of smoke.

The last time the 7.5-mile-long valley was closed because of fire was 1990, he said. 10 air tankers. 6 helicopters.