Four firefighters have died fighting this arson fire in Riverside county. A 5th is in critical condition. High winds have fed flames which so far have destroyed 24,000 acres.
Fire officials say the Esperanza fire began about 1 a.m. Thursday in the foothill area along Esperanza Avenue. Forensic specialists combed the ground near the area searching for clues. One neighbor near the fire’s starting point told The Times he saw two white males in their early 20s fleeing the area. – latimes