Car Crash Ignites 5,000-Acre Brush Fire in California

California fire officials issued evacuation warnings for some residents in Riverside County on Monday night after a car crash ignited a 5,000-acre brush fire in a remote area located about 80 miles east of Los Angeles.

The massive wildfire was about 10 percent contained as of late Monday night, according to the Riverside County Fire Department, as it continued to blaze between cities of Beaumont and San Jacinto amid dry conditions.

The brush fire quickly grew from 1,200 acres at 9:30 p.m. to a massive 5,000 acres at around midnight, the Riverside County Fire Department said, adding that it had deployed more than 300 emergency workers to battle the blaze.

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The blaze was first reported at around 3 p.m. after a single-car crash near Lamb Canyon sparked a 30-acre fire that quickly began to spread at a “critical rate,” officials said.

Two people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries in connection to the accident, according to officials.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Karma Allen