DV Ca Banning Fire
A Southern California wildfire fueled by strong winds was raging through 4Â¼ square miles of Riverside County on Wednesday in the biggest of a series of statewide fires that broke out amid dry, gusty conditions
Story No.: 836013
Date: 05/02/2013 12:00 PM
HEADLINE: Wind-fueled wildfire erupts east of Los Angeles
CAPTION: A Southern California wildfire fueled by strong winds was raging through 4Â¼ square miles of Riverside County on Wednesday in the biggest of a series of statewide fires that broke out amid dry, gusty conditions. (May 2)
Banning, California - May 1, 2013
1. Wide shot of flames on dark hillside with city lights in background
2. Tight shot of flames on crest of hill
3. Tight shot of flames leaping
4. SOUNDBITE: Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson/Cal Fire Spokesperson
"The acreage is 2956 acres. 35% contained, which is a good thing. The wind has diminished significantly tonight, however the red flag warning is still in place and we anticipate later, early this morning we'll start getting some additional winds and it'll blow throughout tomorrow. So that's something we really gotta be on alert for."
5. Tight shot of flames, zoom out to city lights
6. SOUNDBITE: Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson/Cal Fire Spokesperson
"It was a very hot dry day here to start with. Fire started down the hill and burned quickly up onto this plateau or bench area. About 200 homes up here. It was being pushed by a very strong 30mph wind. That wind just picked it up and sheeted it across here and ran it to the northwest in some areas that have not burned in a while. ... It burned very quickly, very rapidly, impacted a lot of homes and communities."
7. Medium shot of Hutchinson patting Kiener on back
8. Tight shot of Kiener's face
9. SOUNDBITE: Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson/Cal Fire Spokesperson
"The fuels, the grass, the brush, the trees - everything is just very dry. And not just in Southern California, statewide."
10. Medium shot of Kiener talking on cell phone with bluetooth
11. Tight shot of Kiener's hand and phone
12. SOUNDBITE: Joe Kiener/Lost his home to wildfire
"I went out and noticed the smoke. I realized it was going from east to west. I said, Ok, we've got a little time because it was going at a good clip. We had real high winds at that time."
13. Wide shot of Kiener's burned house in the dark, driveway in foreground
14. Medium shot of burned home
15. Tight shot of burned ivy in planter in front of house
16. SOUNDBITE: Joe Kiener/Lost his home to wildfire. He came home for lunch in time to save his dog from fire
"An officer came up and said we're evacuating. I said, Yeah, I got my dog and I'm getting out of here right now. I backed out of the driveway and proceeded to go down the shortest route. I didn't get any more than 100 yards round the corner and ran into a wall of smoke and couldn't see anything."
17. Wide shot of burned home
18. Tight, burned curtain hanging out of window
19. SOUNDBITE: Joe Kiener/Lost his home to wildfire
"My mom passed away a month ago. The day before Easter. So that was the biggest thing that hurt my heart is losing her. Losing the house is just minimal. We can rebuild."
20. Wide shot of side view of burned front porch
21. Tight shot of burned cactus drooping in front of welcome sign
A Southern California wildfire has raged through 2 1/2 square miles of Riverside County, while wind-fanned fires also are scorching parts of wine country north of San Francisco.
The fast-moving wildfire about 90 miles east of Los Angeles broke out just after noon. Winds of 29 mph have been driving the fire westward through largely undeveloped foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, but it is dangerously close to subdivisions to the south, in the city of Banning.
Fire officials say more than 400 firefighters are working to gain control of the blaze with the help of six water-dropping helicopters and six air tankers. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of a mobile home park, where there are about 200 homes, and two streets in Banning.
Much of Southern California is under red flag warnings for fire danger due to heat, wind and low humidity levels.
To the north, the Yellow Fire in Sonoma County is less than half contained after burning 125 acres. The Silverado Fire in Napa County has burned a smaller area and was 75 percent contained.