A massive California brush fire extended across thousands of acres in Lake Hughes Wednesday and was still burning into the evening.This is a very fast moving fire. It has zero containment. The blaze broke out around 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time in the foothills of the mountainside community about 65 miles north of Los Angeles. It had grown to 10,000 acres as of 6:30, threatening now several structures, according to authorities. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies began evacuating local residents and pandemic makes the situation even more difficult. Because of COVID-19, traditional shelter space cannot be set up. At least 500 homes are under evacuation. Authorities said they closed Lake Hughes Road from Castaic to Pine Canyon as a result of the fire.
Five hundred firefighters from 50 engines are on the scene battling the blaze. Several other agencies are also responding. No injuries or structural damage were immediately reported. L.A. County Deputy Fire Chief David Richardson said the fire will be out here for days to come. The Lake Fire had the potential to grow to 1,000 acres. Cooking stoves, lanterns and other gas- and propane-powered devices are currently prohibited in the hope of reducing the risk of human-caused fires. Hot, dry conditions could create a threat of new wildfires breaking out across the West.