Southern California fire grows to 1,470 acres, but evacuations lifted

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Aug. 31 (UPI) — The Bogarts Fire in Southern California grew to 1,470 acres on Wednesday, even as evacuations were lifted south east of Los Angeles, fire authorities said.

The Bogart Fire was first reported to the Riverside County Fire Department about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday The blaze quickly grew to 1,000 acres and destroyed at least one building. Most of the 700 evacuations were lifted by late Tuesday evening.

All remaining evacuations have been lifted, though the fire grew nearly another 500 acres Wednesday. The blaze is 45 percent contained, authorities said.

Forestry and Fire Protection investigators said the blaze was started by “juvenile activity” near a local park in the town of Beaumont.

More than 400 firefighters are fighting the blaze with five helicopters, four bulldozers and nine air tankers. A firefighter was treated for a non-life threatening injury.

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