Firefighters return to the scene of an overnight fire to ensure embers are put out on a hillside south of Banning, California ( FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
BEAUMONT, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say a wildfire has destroyed more than two dozen homes in a Southern California mountain range.
State fire officials say the blaze near Banning destroyed 26 homes and one commercial building, and damaged two other structures.
Authorities had earlier said at least 10 homes were destroyed, but the new figures don't necessarily represent new destruction. They came after an assessment of areas charred earlier by the fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon and grew with incredible speed.
More than 1,400 firefighters were taking on the blaze that had grown to nearly 22 square miles and forced some 1,800 residents and campers to flee the San Jacinto Mountains, a desert range 90 miles east of Los Angeles.
Five firefighters and one civilian have been injured.