A blaze fueled by high winds and dry air swept through a mobile home park in Calimesa, California, on Thursday afternoon, destroying several structures and causing "numerous medical emergencies," the Riverside County Fire Department said.
High winds had been forecast for much of the state, and both Pacific Gas & Electric, serving Northern and Central California, and Southern California Edison said they would cut power to customers over concerns that downed lines could spark fires. PG&E shut off electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers on Wednesday, while SCE waited until Thursday, with the outage affecting about 13,000 people. Californians are being encouraged to prepare for possible blackouts, and have emergency kits ready and extra cash on hand. Catherine Garcia