BFD engines heading to assist LACF battle Lake Fire

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2020

As of Thursday morning, the fire was 0 per cent contained.

The fire was entirely on federal land as of 6:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

As of 7 a.m. Thursday, the fire's size was listed as 10,500 acres, with three structures destroyed and 5,420 threatened, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

"It's pretty explosive fire behavior", county Fire Chief Eric Garcia said, noting that more firefighters were arriving to join a team of 500 from several departments, 15 helicopters and air tankers, to fight the wildfire.

Several other brush fires burned along the Front Range Thursday, in addition to the large Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires burning in western Colorado.

L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said crews had actively battled the blaze throughout the night.

To keep track of the fires and for updates, follow the LA County Fire Department, Red Cross LA, Angeles National Forest, and the LA County Sheriff's Department on Twitter.

Evacuation orders were issued for the area, with evacuation points organized at Highland High School in Palmdale and the Castaic Sports Complex.

People staying in their cars at the center are allowed to have small animals with them.

FOX 11 Los Angeles investigative reporter Bill Melugin posted videos showing an enormous wall of glowing fire around the area on Pine Canyon Road, and another of the flames engulfing a hill. The battle is made more hard by rugged terrain and thick vegetation that, in some areas, hasn't burned in several decades.

Lisa Phillips, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service, warned NBC that there dryness would continue overnight and that the wind speeds could pick up to as much as 25mph. San Francisquito Canyon Road was closed at Spunky Canyon Road, Pine Canyon Road at Three Points Road and Lake Hughes Road, Three Points Road at Highway 138, Old Ridge Route at Highway 138 and Lake Hughes Road at Ridge Route Road, the CHP reported.

The combination of thick vegetation that hasn't burned in several decades and hot and dry windy conditions are fueling the fire, according to Seneca Smith, a public information officer with the Angeles National Forest.

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