Evacuations after uncontained California fire grows

A wildfire broke out near California’s Sierra Nevada mountains on Wednesday, burning 1,800 acres and forcing evacuations, officials said.

The blaze, named Airport Fire, began just outside Eastern Sierra Regional Airport in Inyo County, Calif., around 1:30 p.m. according to CalFire. The fire spread quickly, doubling from 50 to 100 acres in 45 minutes.

The airport fire remains contained at 0%, CalFire said Wednesday evening. The agency did not identify the cause of the fire.

Owens Valley Radio Observatory and White Mountain Research Center were both evacuated. The evacuation area was later expanded to include Big Pine, a small town of less than 2,000 people east of US 395.

The airport fire is the latest of many winter fires to plague California this year.

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A pair of unusual winter fires last week near Los Angeles and Laguna Beach in southern California burned several homes, prompted evacuations and shut down part of the iconic Pacific Coast Highway.

Less than a month ago, another blaze shut down a section of California’s famous Highway 1 as a blaze burning near the Pacific Ocean prompted evacuations near the Big Sur area of ​​the state .

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