Banning Fire Today: When Will The California Blaze Be Put Out?

By Jason Van Hoven on May 2, 2013 4:08 PM EDT

Banning fire today
On the heels of the eruption of the Banning fire, a new one is seen here approaching a home in the Camarillo Springs area of Ventura County, Calif. on Thursday. (Photo: Reuters)

Despite the evacuation of more than 500 residents, more of the Banning fire today was able to be contained.

As the San Jose Mercury News reported, firefighters contained 40 percent of the Banning fire, a nearly 3,000-acre Summit Fire, overnight on Wednesday, but high winds and dry conditions are expected to affect the Banning fire today in a big way, especially since a Red Flag Warning is in effect until Friday evening.

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It's very possible that the Banning fire won't be put out until Friday evening at the earliest.

The 40 percent containment of the the Banning fire, estimated to be approximately 2,956 acres in size, represents a five percent increase since Wednesday night, said Riverside County fire spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.

The National Weather Service said that winds could reach 25 to 30 mph, and gusts of 60 mph are possible through the San Gorgonio and Cajon passes. Although winds should weaken later today, there will be a second peak of high winds following those winds tonight into Friday morning.

At the same time, single-digit humidity levels will continue today and Friday, while high temperatures are expected to be 84 degrees in Banning, 88 in San Bernardino and 89 in Ontario.

Hagemann said that about 400 firefighters will be battling the Banning fire today on the ground and from aircraft. ABC News reported that dozens of air tankers and helicopters have dropped water and retardant to combat the Southern California blaze, while residents have used hoses to keep fire close to their homes at bay until firefighters arrive to extinguish it.

The Banning fire today forced 500 residents along Indian School Lane, the top of Eighth Street and the Highland Springs Mobile Home Park to evacuate, but all of those residents were allowed to return to their homes at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

According to USA Today, more than 100 miles to the west of Banning, a new fire erupted on Thursday along U.S. 101 in the Camarillo area and quickly grew to 100 acres.

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