Wednesday, January 20

Lake Fire In California Continues To Rage, Growing To 11,000 Acres

A brush fire continues to rage after scorching thousands of acres in the Angeles National Forest between Santa Clarita and Palmdale, north of Los Angeles. The blaze, dubbed the Lake Fire, has prompted evacuation orders and road closures 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 roughly 50 acres. About two hours later, flames quickly spread to about 10,000 acres.

The blaze grew to 11,000 acres Thursday night with 5% containment, the LA County Sheriff’s Department said. More than 5,000 structures were also threatened.

“This will be a major fire for several days,” Angeles National Forest fire chief Robert Garcia told reporters at a Thursday morning briefing.

A heat wave is expected to hit the region Friday through Monday, bringing with it challenging conditions for firefighters.

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