The Latest on wildfires in California

A wildfire burning in California’s forest and plains has burned about 80 square miles (270 square kilometers) and destroyed more than 50 structures.

The fire, which is burning near the state’s border with Mexico, was spotted Monday near the town of Culebra.

It is one of more than 2,500 wildfires that have burned in the state in recent days, according to a tally by the U.S. Forest Service.

The flames, which are still smoldering, have forced hundreds of residents of Calexico, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles, to evacuate.

Calexsico is about a third of a mile (1.5 kilometers) from the border with the Mexican state of Veracruz, which has been engulfed by a massive wildfire that began late Sunday.

The fire has destroyed more houses than it’s burned, and the winds have been blowing at about 45 mph (70 kph) on the ridge, said Matthew Gorman, a spokesman for the state fire marshal’s office.

A small, isolated fire near the border had burned down more than 70 homes on Sunday, Gorman said.

Firefighters have not yet been able to control the blaze, and it has burned into a ridge with no fire suppression, he said.

The Veracuños fire, named for the neighboring town of Verano, has been burning for months.

The National Weather Service said the winds were at about 30 mph (60 kph).