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California firefighters battle wildfire; Oak Glen ordered evacuated

Brittany Jordan

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A small Southern California town was under an evacuation order Saturday as firefighters battled a rapidly spreading wildfire.

The order applied to residents of Oak Glen, population 638, according to Cal Fire officials.

Around 11:30 a.m., Cal Fire reported that the El Dorado Fire, had a “moderate to dangerous rate of spread.”

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About 5 acres were burning when firefighters first arrived at the scene an hour earlier. It appears to have started somewhere behind El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, the Desert Sun reported.

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A Cal Fire spokeswoman told the paper the fire, fueled by grass and brush, was burning uphill toward Highway 38, and was driven by a slight wind.

Oak Glen, about 15 miles east of San Bernardino is a mountain community known for its apple orchards.

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The fire broke out on a Labor Day weekend of extreme heat with temperatures well into the 100s and low humidity levels, NBC 4 Los Angeles reported.

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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