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Los Angeles Ranch Fire- 3 Structures Destroyed, 5420 Threatened; Road Closure Details

Los Angeles Ranch Fire- Three structures were destroyed and 5,420 threatened

 A huge wildfire has prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles. Firefighters braced for an extended fight Thursday as they worked to contain a wildfire that had scorched 11,000 acres and burned several homes in the Angeles National Forest between Santa Clarita and Palmdale.

By nightfall, the Lake Fire was 5% contained, but evacuation orders remained in place due to wind forecasts and high heat expected Friday.

The blaze was reported just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Lake Hughes and Pine Canyon roads and quickly exploded, growing to 10,500 acres by Thursday morning amid swirling winds and high temperatures, and forcing the evacuation of about 100 homes.

Three structures were destroyed and 5,420 threatened, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. No injuries have been reported.

“This will be a major fire for several days,” U.S. Forest Service Angeles National Forest Fire Chief Robert Garcia told reporters at a Thursday morning briefing.

More than 1,000 personnel from USFS, LACFD and several other agencies were battling the fire on the ground and in the air with the help of three water-dropping helicopters. 

However, a heat wave which is expected to hit the region Friday and remain through Monday will create challenging conditions for firefighters.

Evacuation centers were designated for residents and animals, but because of Covid-19 concerns, people were told to stay in their cars in the parking lots of the centers.

The cause of the blaze remains unknown.    

The following evacuation orders were in place:

Lake Hughes Road west of Pine Canyon and north of Dry Gulch Road.

East of Ridge Route Road.

West of Lake Hughes Road and Fire Station 78.

North of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes Road.

South of SR-138

Evacuation centers were established at Highland High School in Palmdale and the Castaic Sports Complex in Castaic. However, only two families were staying in the shelters as of Thursday morning, officials said.

Several roads were closed:

Lake Hughes Road is closed from Ridge Route Road to Pine Canyon.

3 Points Rd from Highway 138 to Pine Canyon.

Old Ridge Road from Highway 138 to Pine Canyon.

San Francisquito Canyon Rd from Stator Lane to Spunky Canyon.

The Lake Fire was just one of three wildfires in Southern California fire crews were battling Thursday.

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