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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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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.

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

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

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

L.A. Times: L.A. Now

@LANow

#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

L.A. Times: L.A. Now

@LANow

#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

L.A. Times: L.A. Now

@LANow

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

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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

BuzzFeed News

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

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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

L.A. Times: L.A. Now

@LANow

#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

L.A. Times: L.A. Now

@LANow

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

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Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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