Massive Lake Fire' Near Lake Hughes in California _ 'Extreme' Fire Conditions.mp4
Published on Aug 13, 2020
LAKE HUGHES, California -- A fast-moving brush fire near Lake Hughes in the Angeles National Forest prompted evacuations and burned homes as firefighters continue to battle flames early Thursday morning.
The Lake Fire exploded in size in a matter of hours and charred 10,000 acres amid hot temperatures after it was reported Wednesday at about 3:45 p.m. near the intersection of North Lake Hughes Road and Pine Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
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A fast-moving fire that broke out this afternoon in extreme fire conditions near Lake Hughes has pushed people out of at least 100 homes as it rapidly grew to 10,000 acres within hours of igniting
Shortly after 8 p.m., sheriff's officials cautioned that the fire continued to move in a "north easterly" direction exhibiting "extreme fire behavior."
L.A. County Deputy Fire Chief David Richardson provided some key updates at a news briefing tonight:
Currently there are more than 100 structures, including homes and outbuildings, within the primary evacuation areas
500 firefighters are on scene, including 300 L.A. County firefighters and an additional 200 firefighters from multiple agencies, including units from the city of L.A., Orange County, Ventura County and other L.A. County fire departments.
"Keep in mind this is a major fire," Richardson said, "...we will be out here for days to come."
He also cautioned that the Lake Fire comes early in the fire season and is "moving without any or minimal winds." Richardson added that the story will be different in a few months when the Santa Ana winds kick in.
The fire, located in an area that officials said hasn't burned since 1968, has moved from chaparral fuels into heavier fuel areas, making it tougher to tackle. One official called it "a recipe for rapid fire growth."
Still, firefighters are hoping favorable conditions overnight make it possible to bring the fire under control.
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