Thousands Evacuate in California Wildfire

Largest active fire in the state


A wildfire in the San Jacinto mountains that started Monday has forced about 8,000 people to evacuate with 4,100 residences threatened, Forest Service spokeswoman Melody Lardner told USA Today.

The Riverside County blaze, known as the Mountain Fire, can be seen from Palm Springs, about twelve miles from the fire’s origin, and is only 15% contained.

Mount San Jacinto State Park is closed, as is a nearby section of the Pacific Crest Trail.