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Residents Urged to Evacuate as Fairview Fire Burns 9,900 Acres, Only 5 Percent Contained

Officials are urging residents to evacuate because the Fairview Fire in Hemet, California, continues to be fiercely expanding, with 9,846 acres burned and only 5 percent containment by 4: 30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Unfortunately, the fire continued to outpace our efforts, Josh Janssen, battalion chief of Riverside County Fire Department, said throughout a press conference Wednesday morning hours. We took an operational flight of the fire at about 2 p.m. yesterday [Sept. 6], also it was clear the fire was outpacing our ground and air resources.

All previous evacuation orders and warnings stay in place as firefighters are struggling since Sept. 5 with slowing the spread of the blaze, which Janssen said was burning everywhere on all flanks.

Officials urged residents living near to the fire to assemble their belongings and obtain prepared for leaving anytime when an evacuation order arrives.

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The fast-moving Fairview Fire burns 2,000 acres and kills two different people in Hemet, Calif., on Sept. 5, 2022. (Jamie Joseph/The Epoch Times)

Investigation in to the ignition of the fire continues to be underway, but Southern California Edisonthe main electricity supplier for the regionclaimed in a filing Sept. 6 that theres circuit activity occurring close with time to the reported time of the fireindicating a chance that the fire started from its equipment. Janssen said the department didn’t have more information on the utilitys filing.

He said a national response team has been activated to take care of the large-scale fire since it was heading east toward federal land in your community.

Unfortunately, the fire continued to outpace our efforts, Janssen said. We took an operational flight of the fire at about 2 p.m. yesterday also it was clear the fire was outpacing our ground and air resources.

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Multiple fire agencies battle the Fairview Fire burning in Hemet, Calif., on Sept. 7, 2022. (Thanks to Riverside County Fire Department)

The fire killed two different people and destroyed several structures up to now, authorities reported on Monday.

Both bodies were within a car on the 42400 block of Avery Canyon Road, but authorities have already been struggling to identify them due to the conditions where these were found, Sgt. Brandi Swan of Riverside County Sheriffs Department said at the press conference.

One injury was reported, she said, and the average person has been treated at a hospital and is possibly from exactly the same family because the two deceased.

The burnt structures come in a rural area with orange groves at the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Bautista Canyon Road, authorities said. It really is still unclear whether those are homes.

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Multiple fire agencies battle the Fairview Fire burning in Hemet, Calif., on Sept. 6, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

By Wednesday morning, evacuation orders extended to add regions east from State Street past Forest Route 5S15, between Stetson Avenue and Cactus Valley, and southeast along Bautista Road.

However, Swan said lots of people are not following a evacuation orders.

There are many people who are choosing to shelter set up, she said. We’ve attended over 3,700 homes to create notifications, and I’d say perhaps a quarter of these folks are actually leaving.

She said the department begs because of their cooperation as the fire is quite unpredictable and moves extremely fast.

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The Fairview Fire is burning in Hemet, Calif., on Sept. 6, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

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Jamie is really a California-based reporter covering issues in LA and state policies for The Epoch Times. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading nonfiction and thrillers, likely to the beach, studying Christian theology, and writing poetry. It is possible to always find Jamie writing breaking news with a cup of tea at hand.

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