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Wildfire Update: 10,000 Firefighters Battling 9 Large Blazes Across California


(AP) - Fire officials say a wildfire east of Los Angeles that forced 700 people from their homes and destroyed a small building is 20 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. 

The Riverside County Fire Department says the fast-moving Bogart Fire prompted the evacuation of at least 200 homes as it raced through the of drought-dry hills near Banning Tuesday.

One firefighter was treated for a non-life threatening injury.

The blaze erupted shortly before 12:30 p.m. in the unincorporated Cherry Valley area and has thrown up a line of 25-foot-high flames. Winds gusting to about 20 mph and tinder-dry fuel are helping propel the blaze, which is 5 percent contained.

A mobile home park and scattered homes on large properties were evacuated.

More than 300 firefighters and more than a dozen aircraft are battling the flames.

Throughout the state of California, more than 10,000 firefighters are battling nine large blazes. Cooler temperatures are expected through the rest of the  week, which should help crews. But winds are also expected Wednesday east of the Sierras and along the central coast. The deserts and mountains are expected to be dry and windy through Saturday.

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