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Fire in Southern California prompts evacuations

By CNN Staff
updated 9:05 PM EDT, Wed August 7, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: The fire is estimated at 5,000 acres, up from 300 earlier
  • Some 450 firefighters are working the blaze, located in Riverside County

(CNN) -- A fast-moving wildfire in Southern California is threatening homes and has prompted evacuations.

The fire, which was reported Wednesday, jumped from approximately 300 acres to 5,000 acres, according to Capt. Lucas Spelman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Some 450 firefighters are working the blaze, which is located in Riverside County.

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for the communities of Poppet Flats, Twin Pines and Silent Valley, fire officials said.

It was not immediately clear how many people are affected.

An evacuation center was set up at an area high school.

CNN's Diahann Reyes contributed to this report.

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