Massive Wildfire In Southern California Destroys More Than 16,000 Acres, Burns A Person From Head To Toe

UPDATED: It is 25% contained. More than 1,500 residents have been evacuated and five people have been injured.

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2. The wind-driven fire, which started at 2 p.m. on Wednesday near Banning, has destroyed around 10,000 acres and at least 15 structures, including homes in Riverside County, west of Palm Springs.

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Gene Blevins / Reuters

4. The Silver fire has injured three people: Three firefighters and one civilian who is receiving treatment for head-to-toe burn injuries.

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6. There are around 1,000 firefighters on the scene, six air tankers and 13 helicopters dropping water on the raging fire.

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Gene Blevins / Reuters

8. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. It continued to move east towards the desert.

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9. UPDATE — Aug. 8, 2013, 6:18 p.m. ET:

#Silver Fire [update] is now estimated at 11,000 acres, still 10% contained. The fire is actively burning in the San Jacinto wilderness.

— CAL FIRE Riverside (@CALFIRERRU)

#SilverFire presser: Official calls it the fastest spreading fire 'not under Santa Ana conditions' he's seen. Latest: http://t.co/QtR5pcXbFh

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#SilverFire: Multiple factors like rugged terrain, dry conditions and wind created dangerous, fast-moving fire http://t.co/jbJ8qCInsO

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#SilverFire presser: @BarbaraBoxer concludes w/ warning about 'mindless' sequestration cuts -> impact on firefighting resources

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14. UPDATE — Aug 8, 2013 11:00 p.m. ET:

#SilverFire Update: The fire is now estimated at 14,000 acres and 20% contained http://t.co/HrsPIZeRdQ

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15. UPDATE — Aug 9, 2013 12:30 p.m. ET:

#SilverFire now at 16,000 acres, 25% contained; wind could throw 'curveball' http://t.co/IMPruuLyqX

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Silver fire: More than 2 dozen homes destroyed, 5 firefighters hurt http://t.co/H6JSZaihGY

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