Hundreds of firefighters battle the monstrous Southern California wildfire that has grown to 10,000 acres, led to 500 evacuations, and is still spreading smoke from Venice Beach
- The Lake Fire was reported near Lake Hughes and Pine Canyon on Wednesday around 3:40 p.m.
- It grew to nearly 10,000 acres as multiple agencies struggled to fight the blaze
- About 500 homes in the area were evacuated
- Smoke from Angeles National Park could be seen as far as Venice Beach
A massive wildfire devoured more than 10,000 acres in Southern California, prompting mandatory evacuations as multiple agencies fought to quell the blaze.
The Lake Fire was reported at Lake Hughes and Pine Canyon at around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, as the temperatures were in the mid-90s. KTLA reports.
“The gusts of wind, low humidity and hot temperatures will fire the mountains and Antelope Valley into short-lived critical weather events,” the Angeles National Forest incident page said in a statement.
The Lake Fire was reported near Lake Hughes and Pine Canyon on Wednesday around 3:40 p.m.
About 500 homes in the area were evacuated, firefighters shared.
Road closures were ordered when firefighters fought the blaze, including those on Pine Canyon Road and Highway 138, as well as Pine Canyon Road on Lake Hughes Road.
Smoke could be seen as far as Venice Beach, as seen in a photo taken by lifeguards.
Plumes of smoke from the Lake Fire could be seen from afar
Firefighters fought against the intense flames most of the day as the fire grew ‘extremely fast on steep terrain’
The fire grew at an “extreme rate on steep terrain,” National Weather Service officials said. As of 6:30 p.m. PT, the fire was zero percent under control.
Firefighters fought the intense flames as planes dropped water and slowed down to aid in the fight against the fire.
According to Angeles National Park officials, crews said ‘good progress’ on the south side of the fire near the Cottonwood Campground.
The Lake Fire burns a hill in Lake Hughes
There were crews assisting from Los Angeles, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Ventura County
The Los Angeles County Fire Department said 50 fire trucks, 10 battalion chiefs and 210 firefighters responded “as part of a major call for resources to strengthen the structure’s protection.”
There were crews assisting from Los Angeles, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Ventura County.
The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
The Lake Fire burns a hill as a helicopter drops water in Lake Hughes
Aircraft drop water and flame retardants on the fire
Fires have devastated the Southern California area, with one occurring just south of Lake Isabella on Tuesday, killing a firefighter.
The unidentified firefighter “had an acute medical emergency and died of complications,” the United States Department of Agriculture said in a statement, NBC Los Angeles reports.
The firefighter worked in the “support role” at the Stagecoach Fire command post in Kern County. No further details were provided about their deaths.
Firefighters shared lists of tasks for residents to save their animals