‘Lake Fire’ burns more than 10,000 acres north of LA

A fast-moving brush fire has scorched more than 10,000 acres in California north of Los Angeles, authorities said.

The blaze, dubbed the “Lake Fire,” was burning near Lake Hughes in northern Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office ordered mandatory evacuations as the fire raged in the Angeles National Forest and destroyed homes, KABC reported.

Marvin Lim, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said firefighters were alerted to the blaze around 3:30 p.m., the Times reported. As of 6:30 p.m., the fire was at 0% containment, the newspaper reported.

according to a statement on the Angeles National Forest incident page, “gusty winds, low humidities, and hot temperatures will bring elevated to brief critical fire weather conditions to the mountains and Antelope Valley.”

According to the National Weather Service, the fire was growing at an “extreme rate in steep terrain.” Originally, 50 acres had been burned but the fire grew rapidly in size, KTLA reported.

Lim said more than 300 firefighters, along with helicopters and aircraft, have been sent to the scene, the Times reported.

“It’s a fast-moving fire,” Lim told the newspaper. “There’s a lot of vegetation in the area, and it’s moving in the northeast direction.”

The cause of the fire is unknown, officials said.