An army of firefighters toiled Thursday morning to prevent a massive fire from consuming communities in the Lake Hughes area after the blaze exploded to more than 10,000 acres in just a few hours Wednesday.
The Lake fire started in the Angeles National Forest near the 5 Freeway and rapidly roared through stands of pine trees. It then moved toward several small communities on the Antelope Valley floor west of Lancaster. On Wednesday night, it burned rapidly to the northeast, toward Highway 138.
“Today, hot air temperatures in the 90s to 100s, lower relative humidities and drying fuels will bring elevated fire weather conditions,” officials wrote in the incident update, adding that they expect “extreme and aggressive fire behavior influenced by steep topography, with spotting and rapid fire growth.”
#LakeFire: Firefighters battle a brush fire that quickly spread to 10,000 acres near Lake Hughes in Angeles National Forest, southern California.— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) August 13, 2020
It is 0% contained @LACOFD @LACoFDPIO pic.twitter.com/gxEsl16hvU
Deputies from Palmdale, Santa Clarita, Lancaster, Crescenta Vlly, Altadena & Malibu are out in full force helping residents of #LakeFire evacuate to safety.— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) August 13, 2020
Thank you to our partners @LACOFD @Angeles_NF pic.twitter.com/bk9HoseWlK
Our @LACOFD Crew from Engine 164 stops to save an American flag from a property destroyed by the #LakeFire. Even as we battle fast spreading flames & dangerous conditions, our members continue to serve with #respect and #honor. 🚒🇺🇸 #firefighters @IAFFNewsDesk @CAFirefighters pic.twitter.com/NIaT3sXzmJ— Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014 (@local1014) August 13, 2020
BREAKING - Major fire has broken out near the Lake Hughes area in the Angeles National Forest.— SV News 🚨 (@SVNewsAlerts) August 13, 2020
The fire (#LakeFire) has quickly burned 7,000 acres with 0% containment & mandatory mass evacuations are in place.
It almost looks like a volcanic eruption.#California pic.twitter.com/3p7PfnUHyn
8/12 9:00 pm #LakeFire Update— LACoFD (@LACOFD) August 13, 2020
The #LakeFire is currently at 10,000 acres w/0% containment & mandatory evacs in place.
For IC updates, follow @Angeles_NF & @LACoFDPIO.
For evac info, follow @LASDHQ; for evac center & animal shelter info, follow @RedCrossLA.
🎥 @DaveMillsPhoto pic.twitter.com/Vwp5WVrlve
A fast moving fire exploded near Lake Hughes #LakeFire due to extreme fire conditions has pushed people out of at least 100 homes as it rapidly grew to 10,000 acres within hours of igniting. Anyone with information on how to help to share, Its an emergency! @vanessa_vash pic.twitter.com/OGmgrwKvBw— Charlotte Aumann (@charlotteauman1) August 13, 2020
@Angeles_NF, LACoFD & partner agencies continue to battle the #LakeFire.— LACoFD (@LACOFD) August 13, 2020
For IC updates, follow @Angeles_NF & @LACoFDPIO or visit https://t.co/vhKKaVGRB4 & https://t.co/O67Gp5hedp.
📸 564Fire, Austin Dave & Leatherman Photo pic.twitter.com/6LjmD6gC9U