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Two people were killed and one person was injured Monday in a rapidly expanding fire near Hemet that burned at least seven structures, according to fire officials, while another fast-moving blaze in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear Lake also prompted evacuation orders.
The Fairview fire east of Hemet ignited around 3 p.m. and quickly exploded to more than 700 acres, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Fire officials did not give further details on the deaths. A third person was taken to the hospital with burns. No firefighters were injured, officials said.
“This fire … was spreading very quickly before firefighters even got on scene,” a spokesman for the Riverside County Fire Department and the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on a twitter livestream. Hemet hit a high of 110 degrees on Monday as searing heat enveloped the state.
About 3,250 homes were under evacuation orders Monday night. Evacuations were initially ordered south of Thornton Avenue, north of Polly Butte Road, west of Fairview Avenue and east of State Street and then a few hours later expanded to include areas south of Stetson Avenue, north of Cactus Road, west of Fairview Avenue, and east of State Street.
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