Lake Fire in Los Angeles County Forces Evacuations
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Fire crews in Los Angeles County were battling a fast-moving brush fire on Wednesday, August 12, that spread to 10,000 acres, reports said.The fire began at 3:38 pm, according to fire officials. Within 15 minutes of the original report of a fire, the blaze had grown to 50 acres; within 45 minutes, 400 acres were burned, the LA County Fire Department said.LA County Sheriffs shared this video showing thick smoke from the Lake Fire, as it’s been called.Chief Deputy of Emergency Operations David Richardson said on Wednesday night that the fast-moving fire had split off into two directions, both towards Pine Canyon Road and towards Lake Hughes Road.Sheriff’s deputies evacuated residents in several threatened areas just after 8:15 pm, due to the “extreme fire behavior.”The Red Cross opened local shelters for evacuated residents in Castaic and Palmdale. As of August 12, the fire was zero percent contained and had burned 10,000 acres. Credit: LA County Sheriffs via Storyful