California Wildfire Spreads

Published 05/02 2013 11:32AM

Updated 05/02 2013 11:34AM

(NBC News)  A wind-driven wildfire that threatened homes near Banning in Riverside County that forced evacuations and destroyed at least one home continued to grow Wednesday evening, scorching nearly 3,000 acres.

At least 425 firefighters, 46 engine companies, 16 fire crews, six helicopters and six air tankers were sent to control the 3,000-acre two-headed blaze, which sent up thick towers of smoke.

The massive blaze, dubbed the Summit Fire, was at 30 percent containment as of 7:30 p.m. The fire was 35 percent contained by 9 p.m. and had a "slow rate of spread," according to Riverside County Fire Department's online incident report.

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