A brush fire continues to rage as it burns thousands of acres in the Angel National Forest between Santa Clarita and Palmdale, north of Los Angeles. The fire, dubbed Lake of Fire, has prompted orders to evacuate and close roads in the Lake Hughes area, CBS Los Angeles reports.
The fire was reported at 3:38 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Around 4 p.m., officials said the fire was about 50 acres. About two hours later, the flames quickly spread to about 10,000 acres.
The fire increased to 11,000 acres Thursday night with 5% content, the LA County Sheriff’s Department said. More than 5,000 structures were also threatened.
“This is going to be a big fire for a few days,”; England National Forest fire chief Robert Garcia told reporters at a news conference on Thursday morning.
A heat wave is expected to hit the region Friday through Monday, bringing with it challenging conditions for firefighters.
Fire officials said the fire is unusual as it took place at the beginning of the fire season and spread rapidly as it did without strong winds. It is also an event that makes history because of some of the areas catching fire for the first time since 1968.
“Behavioral rather explosive behavior of fire,” said Angel Garcia National Forest Fire Chief Robert Garcia. “It’s typical of what we see a little later in the season and often driven by the wind. Fuel, humidity and fire conditions in this particular sloping place, he really created the recipe for the rapid growth of the fire.”
Los Angeles County Deputy Chief Firefighter David Richardson told the Associated Press the fire was being triggered by dry brush and sloping terrain, but was as severe as flames driven by Santa Ana winds that arrive in about a month.
High temperatures in the mid-1990s and low humidity will bring elevated fire weather conditions in the mountains and Antelope Valley as crews continue to fight the blaze, officials said.
The cause of the Lake of Fire has not been determined. No injuries were reported.
More than 1,000 staff responded.
Several teams – including crews from the Los Angeles National Forest, and Los Angeles cities, Huntington Beach, Culver City, Santa Monica fire departments – were working with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to evacuate residents near the fire.
Several mandatory evacuation orders have been issued, involving approximately 100 homes.
An evacuation center was set up at Highland Highland in Palmdale. Because ofrestrictions, officials said evacuees will have to stay in their vehicles outside the school.
Homeowner Kenny Reynolds told CBS LA that his home had been largely destroyed and his property burned.
“There was a big wall of flames, the kind came a little faster than we thought, usually it comes a lot slower, or last time it came a lot slower,” Reynolds said, referring to the Powerhouse Fire 2013, which erupted in the National Forest. of Angelos and destroyed several dozen houses.
Reynolds said he barely had time to evacuate as fire tornadoes formed in the hills around his home.
“He stayed as long as we could, but it was a kind of siege of the house, and me and the neighbors evacuated like flames the confused type of his house,” Reynolds said.