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Aug 5, 2013 10:23 PM by Associated Press

CA wildfire forces evacuations

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - A wildfire fire was fast approaching canyon neighborhoods in inland Southern California, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of homes.

The U.S. Forest Service says the brush fire started near Lake Elsinore in the Cleveland National Forest mid-morning Monday and several hours later with temperatures near 100 degrees it had surged to about 1,200 acres and was creeping very close to homes.

Two communities of about 50 houses apiece are under evacuation orders along with parts of Lakeland Village, which is home to more than 11,000 people, but it's not clear how many have evacuated there.

The fire was raining ash and generating brown haze over residential streets.

About 265 firefighters helped by several water-dropping aircraft including a DC-10 that is covering the blaze in red retardant.

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