SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters in the United States Virgin Islands are searching for a wildfire that burned out of control in Puerto Rican territory and forced residents to flee.
The Puerto Rico National Guard said the blaze in the state capital of San Juan is 70 percent contained, and authorities were working to evacuate residents who are not on evacuation orders.
The fire has scorched more than 3,000 acres and forced evacuations for about 8,000 people.
It’s the second time in less than a month that Puerto Rico has been hit by a wildfire.
On Jan. 28, residents were ordered to evacuate for safety concerns after a blaze broke out in the town of San Francisco, killing at least 14 people and destroying more than 80 structures.
The flames then spread to the coastal town of Monterey, where authorities said about 20 people died.
On Thursday, a fire in Puerto Vallarta forced authorities to evacuate about 400 people, including residents of a nursing home.