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2 killed in Southern California amid rapidly-growing Fairview Fire near Hemet

Erin Rode
Palm Springs Desert Sun

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Two people were killed and another injured amid a rapidly-spreading wildfire in Southern California, where temperatures are in the triple digits.

The Fairview Fire had grown to over 3 square miles as of Monday night with just 5% containment.

Cal Fire first reported the Fairview Fire, located in an unincorporated area near Hemet, around 4 p.m. Monday. By 4:50 p.m., the fire had grown to about 500 acres and was burning at a rapid rate of spread. 

Cal Fire confirmed the two fatalities and one injury. Seven structures have been destroyed, with several others damaged. 

Firefighters from California Conservation Corps return to their vehicle while working the Fairview Fire on Sept. 5, 2022, near Hemet, Calif. The 2,000-acre brush fire left two dead and destroyed several homes amid an intense heat wave in Southern California.

Footage from a KABC-Los Angeles helicopter showed what appeared to be several residential structures on fire just after 5 p.m.

An evacuation order was initially issued for 1,584 homes in the area and was expanded Monday evening.

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The area of the Fairview Fire is experiencing very hot, dry and windy conditions, according to the National Weather Service's San Diego office, with winds expected to decrease this evening. However, conditions are expected to remain warm and dry overnight. 

Firefighters coordinate efforts at a burning property while battling the Fairview Fire on Monday near Hemet, Calif.

Radford Fire breaks out in San Bernardino National Forest

Meanwhile, near Big Bear, another fire broke out in the San Bernardino National Forest on Monday afternoon. The Radford Fire was covering 50 acres with 0% containment as of around 5:15 p.m. Monday, with about 140 personnel assigned to the fire, according to San Bernardino National Forest. 

By 7:15 p.m., the fire had grown to 200 acres with 0% containment. 

An evacuation order was issued according to the Yucaipa Police Department. A portion of a state highway, State Route 38 was closed in both directions, according to CalTrans. 

Erin Rode covers the environment for the Desert Sun. Reach her on Twitter at @RodeErin. 

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