Manzanita Fire in Riverside County 'burning at a critical rate'

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In Southern California, firefighters working in high temperatures are battling a wildfire in the Beaumont area of Riverside County about 80 miles east of Los Angeles.

The fire quickly grew to over 1,000 acres with zero containment, according to Cal Fire Riverside. The flames are chewing across rugged terrain and State Route 79 is closed in the area.

The fire was caused by a single vehicle collision, according to Cal Fire Riverside. Two people were transported to local hospitals with unknown injuries.

Shortly after the fire first started, the Riverside County Fire Department described the fire as "burning at a critical rate."

An evacuation warning was issued as of 6:30 p.m. for Highland Home Road east to Highway 243, which includes the communities of Poppet Flats and Silent Valley, according to Cal Fire Riverside. Voluntary evacuations have been issued for Highland Home Road, Death Valley Road, Longhorn Road and Shirleon Drive, according to Cal Fire Riverside.

Another wildfire is surging out of control near vineyards on California's Central Coast.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the blaze broke out at 3 p.m. Monday and within two hours had grown to 125 acres and is threatening structures.

The area is just east of the small town of Santa Margarita about 10 miles north of San Luis Obispo.

Firefighters also responded to other smaller fires across the region.

This story has been updated.

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