Crews Battle Two Destructive California Wildfires

Updates on Apple and Stagecoach fires

 

Firefighters monitor Apple Fire. (InciWeb)

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters are still battling two major blazes that have burned for at least a week and destroyed homes in Southern California.

The Stagecoach Fire in Kern County has charred more than 12 square miles (31 square kilometers) of dry brush since breaking out Aug. 3. The blaze has destroyed 37 structures, including a dozen residences.

Officials estimate crews have protected at least 300 homes south of Lake Isabella. Evacuation orders have been lifted.

The fire was 64 percent contained as of Sunday night. The cause is under investigation.

InciWeb: Stagecoach Fire Updates

Four homes have been destroyed by the Apple Fire burning in mountains east of Los Angeles. The wildfire straddling Riverside and San Bernardino counties has consumed more than 51 square miles (133 square kilometers) of brush and trees.

As of Monday morning, it was 45% contained. Evacuation warnings are still in place for some remote communities.

InciWeb: Apple Fire Updates

Officials say the blaze was sparked July 31 by a malfunctioning vehicle.

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