BANNING, Calif. — Firefighters continued to make progress overnight battling Southern California's latest destructive wildfire, which burned 26 homes and threatened more than 500 others in the San Jacinto Mountains.
Riverside County Fire's Jeff La Russo says full containment of the more than 30-square-mile blaze is expected Monday.
The Silver Fire charred roughly 19,430 acres and is 75 percent contained. The fire stopped advancing Saturday as firefighters focused on extinguishing hot spots.
The blaze injured 10 firefighters and seriously burned a mountain biker who was overrun by the fast-moving flames when the fire erupted Wednesday.
Evacuation orders for several communities remain in effect; some campgrounds and trails are also closed.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared an emergency for the area Friday, freeing up additional funds and resources for the firefight and recovery.