Hundreds evacuated ahead of Southern California wildfire

LOS ANGELES - Hundreds of residents of three small communities in the high desert east of Los Angeles were evacuated on Wednesday as an out-of-control wildfire headed toward them.
The fire broke out shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday near a back-country road south of Banning, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) outside Los Angeles in Riverside County.
Within hours it had blackened more than 5,000 acres (2,025 hectares), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlandt said.
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