An afternoon fire brush in rural Los Angeles County quickly burned 10,000 acres and sent up a beam of smoke visible from 65 miles of city beaches.
The lake burned on federal land in the unincorporated community of Lake Hughes, about 63 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, first reported at 15:40, the US Forest Service said in a statement. Father.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger says about 100 homes need to be evacuated. The Los Angeles Red Cross said it held a temporary evacuation site, a high school, where residents would have to stay in their parked cars.
Many roads have been closed.
The blaze quickly spread from 50 acres to 10,000 acres by 6:30 p.m., according to the Department of Forestry. There is no blocking. Forest Service officials said some structures were at stake.
At sunset, firefighters grapple with erratic winds, and as night falls, they try to create a fire to protect homes in the area, officials said. at an evening press conference.
Temperatures in the early evening are 88 degrees, southwest wind 8 to 16 mph and humidity is as low as 17 percent, meteorologist Lisa Phillips of the National Weather Service said.
The drought will continue overnight, she said, and winds are expected to rise to 25 mph. Temperatures are expected to drop to around 70. A heatwave with three-digit highs in areas like Lake Hughes is forecast to start on Friday.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department earlier Wednesday evening asked for at least 420 more firefighters to join the front line.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement that it would dispatch two strike teams, with a third coming from municipal fire departments in Culver City, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said the evacuation would affect residents in the Lake Hughes Road area west of Pine Canyon Road and south of 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.