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Calif. wildfire destroys 3 homes, 3 mobile homes

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July 16, 2013 11:55 PM EST | AP


IDYLLWILD, Calif. — Officials in Southern California say a wildfire in the mountains west of Palm Springs has destroyed three houses and three mobile homes, and is threatening dozens more residences.

The U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday night that the fire also destroyed more than a dozen small buildings, a cabin and about a half-dozen vehicles. One house was damaged but not destroyed.

The fire started Monday between Palm Springs and Hemet, near the rural Riverside County community of Mountain Center. Since then, it has grown to about 14 square miles and is 10 percent contained.

About 50 homes have been evacuated, along with Camp Ronald McDonald, which hosts children with cancer and their families.

The fire also forced the closure of a pair of state highways and the Pacific Crest Trail.