On the rugged hills near California’s Lake Hughes in Los Angeles County, Chay Lake has grown to 10,000 acres and was 0% controlled on Wednesday night. The fire was first reported at 3:40 pm and is spreading at a very rapid rate, according to fire officials.
“This ample amount of resources will be strategically located to protect potentially fire-threatened homes,” the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
The cloud cover, along with higher-than-expected humidity on Thursday, could create a window to help stop the fire, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. Friday̵7;s prediction will be hotter and drier, Guy said, posing more risk. Those conditions are likely to last for the next week.
Guy said, the heat is just rising there and will last until early next week, along with the dry conditions.
And in Colorado, the Grizzly Creek fire destroyed more than 3,200 acres and was controlled by 0%, according to the US Forest Service.
The fire crossed the Colorado River and interstate 70 on Wednesday, causing the interstate to close east of Glenwood Springs.
“This fire is in a really tough place and it’s really tough to fight,” White River National Forest supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams said during Wednesday’s community briefing. There is currently no estimate of when the interstate could be fully reopened.
The fire broke out on Monday and has spread rapidly due to drought conditions. Several rural communities outside of Glenwood Springs are currently receiving “pre-evacuation” consultation.
The Grizzly Creek Fire is less than 100 miles from the Fire Pine Gulch to the southwest, which has destroyed more than 50,000 acres in less than a week. The Land Administration said it was contained 7%.
Nearly 900 people were working to contain the two fires. “We’ll be here for a while,” says Fitzwilliams. “This fire will be here for a while.”
Guy said Colorado is also heating up with high temperatures for the next seven days. Guy says the possibility of daily rain in the area can provide a bit of relief, but with it there is a risk of new lightning fires.
CNN’s Andy Rose and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.