THE MORE POINTS (CBSLA) — Firefighters on Saturday were battling a massive blaze, which is called the Lake of Fire, which broke out in the Lake Hughes, three days ago, and continued to threaten nearby structures.
On Friday night, the fire scorched nearly 17,500 acres in the Angeles National Forest. On Saturday, the area under cultivation has been reduced to 14,714, and later it flared back up, to 17,862 hectares (9:30 a.m. to 12% of the inclusion.
Officials say the fire has destroyed at least 21 buildings and structures and continues to threaten thousands more.
Fire officials were battling hot spots on a Saturday, which, they say, came after more than 100 lightning strikes in the area.
The high temperatures in the Lake Hughes area, which have been awarded to 106 degrees in the last couple of days have been made in the fight to be challenging for the crew to maneuver through the smoke, protective clothing, face coverings, and heavy equipment.
“The heat plays a significant role in fire behavior. The fire was in a little bit, and that was, to a large extent due to the inclination and due to the heat,” said Marc Peebles with the U. S. Forest Service. “The firefighters are working very hard to get out, but they are taking the proper safety precautions, drinking plenty of water, and be disciplined in the brand’s efforts.”
Evacuation orders were still in place in the affected areas, including the following:
• Lake Hughes Road, West of Pine Canyon, North on Dry Gulch Rd.
• * * The east side of Ridge Route Road
• To the west of Lake Hughes Road and in to the Fire 78
• The north side of the Canyon and Lake Hughes Road
• South of SR-138
Crews will continue to work for the Saturday evening and in the morning to get the fire under control and to try to prevent the buildings from damage.
A cause has not yet been determined for the Lake of Fire, and no injuries have been reported.