California fire: Blaze spreads near Coachella music festival


A large fire is quickly spreading near the Coachella music festival in California.

Firefighters have said the blaze, currently six miles from the festival, is 10 per cent contained and have reported damage to power lines.

The fire was first reported at about 4.30am local time.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the 15 acre “vegetation fire” began in an area of palm trees off Tyler Street and Vista Del Sur, on the east side of the city of Coachella.

According the Riverside County Fire, the fire has the potential to grow to 50 acres.

More than 100 fire personal and one air unit have been sent to the blaze. 

Riverside County Fire is asking the public to avoid the area until they are able to put out the fire.

There are no reports of any injuries. 

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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