The fire has spread to 9,846 acres and is 5% contained and showing no signs of being extinguished.
“The fire is burning in all directions and on all sides,” California Fire Chief Josh Jansen said at a news conference Wednesday morning.
“Due to the fire trail, the fire is progressing rapidly toward federal land and it has been decided to unite with federal collaborators to collectively make the right decision for both the public and citizens. region,” says Janssen.
Southern California Edison said in a filing Monday that the circuit activity occurred “around the same time” that the deadly Fairview fire began, but the company said it “confirmed that its own equipment caused the wildfires.” I don’t approve,” he said.
The notice is intended to make the California Public Utilities Commission aware of the incident so authorities can conduct an investigation, according to another document filed alongside the report.
“Emergency declarations may help counties qualify for potential federal and state assistance and cost reimbursements. and items will be easier to source,” the county website said.
The fire also activated evacuation orders and warnings. Schools in Hemet Unified School District are closed until further notice.
Two people died in the fast-moving Fairview fire, which quickly swelled above dry vegetation. Sergeant Brandy Swann of the California Highway Patrol said Wednesday that the two are part of the family.
“Two victims found inside the vehicle appeared to be trying to escape the fire,” Swann said, adding that the victims’ identities have not been determined.
A third woman, who is also a relative of the other victims, was found outside the vehicle, she said.
“She has some major injuries and is recovering in the hospital,” Swann said. It’s sad to think they couldn’t leave.”
CNN’s Nouran Salahieh, Rachel Ramirez and Dakin Andone contributed to this report.