An afternoon furnace fire in a rural part of Los Angeles County quickly burned 10,000 acres and sent a chimney of smoke that could be seen from the city’s beaches 65 miles away.
The Lake of Fire on federal land in the unaccompanied Hughes Lake community, about 63 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, was first reported at 3:40 p.m., the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said about 100 homes needed to be evacuated. The Los Angeles Red Cross said it had organized a temporary evacuation point, a high school where residents would have to stay in their parked cars.
Many roads were closed.
The fire quickly spread from 50 acres to 10,000 by 6:30 p.m., according to the Forest Service. There were no restrictions. Some structures were threatened, Forest Service officials said.
At sunset, firefighters were gripped by choppy winds and at night, they were trying to create fire to protect homes in the area, officials said at a news conference in the evening.
The early evening temperature was 88 degrees, the winds were outside southwest at 8 to 16 mph, and the humidity was at a low 17 percent, said National Weather Service meteorologist Lisa Phillips.
Drying would continue overnight and winds are expected to reach up to 25km / h, she said. Temperatures were expected to drop to around 70. A triple-digit heat wave for areas like Lake Hughes was forecast to start on Friday.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department early Wednesday night requested at least 420 additional firefighters to join the front lines.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement it was sending two strike teams, with a third coming from Culver City Municipal Fire Departments, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said the evacuations will affect residents in the Lake Hughes Road area west of Pine Canyon Road and south of the Dry Gulch Road. It was not immediately clear how many residents were affected.
There were no reports of injuries or damaged homes.
Todd Miyazawa contributed.