Mandatory evacuations underway after brush fire explodes

Hundreds were forced from their homes as a wildfire burned out of control about 80 miles east of Los Angeles.
1:05 | 08/01/20

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their homes from a wildfire burning out of control about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. ABC's zohreen shah has more. Reporter: Overnight in California, uncontained inferno. Hundreds of firefighters battling the apple fire as it burns through cherry valley east of Los Angeles. Helicopters and ground crews working to contain the flames now covering almost 2,000 acres. The fire which started as two smaller brush fires Friday afternoon merging into one massive blaze overnight. Embers coming dangerously close to homes, several barns and other structures already destroyed and a mandatory evacuation order in place for residents as officials scramble to clear the area. We just got alerted that we have to evacuate right now. It's crazy smoky. Trying to find a hotel right now. Called several. They're all booked up. Reporter: The fire so far zero percent contained. Still a very dangerous scene. Fire crews are telling people they should stay evacuated until the fire is contained. Some level of containment is expected by at least tomorrow morning. Whit. Wildfire season getting under zohreen shah for us, thank you

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