Sadly, the fire has spread from the Hungry Valley to the Gorman area. Highway 138 is closed and the Los Angeles County firefighting efforts are underway. The fire is threatening to spread to surrounding areas but it is not believed to be a serious threat.
Hungry Valley fire under control
Several hundred acres of grass and vegetation in California were burned by a fire that broke out Sunday afternoon. The Hungry Valley fire is under control, according to officials. The fire was reported around 3:20 p.m. in the 36000 block of Quail Canyon Road. The Los Angeles County Fire Department has confirmed no firefighter injuries.
The fire began about a quarter mile south of homes in Eagle Mountain and Agua Dulce. The area has been evacuated and officials have warned people to stay away from the area.
The fire is largely contained, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. As of Sunday evening, the fire was 30% contained.
As of Sunday night, a smoke advisory was issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. A plume of smoke was visible as far south as the Napa wine-making region.
Firefighters made progress on Saturday, when triple-digit temperatures abated. The tally of structures listed as immediately threatened declined from nearly 7,000 the day before to only 6,500.
Highway 138 closed
Throughout the day on Wednesday, August 31, a fire erupted in the Gorman area, causing parts of Highway 138 to be closed. The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to the blaze, which quickly spread to about 50 acres and quickly became a second alarm fire. The blaze is now being tackled by more than 200 firefighters.
The fire started in the 43800 block of Lancaster Road near Quail Lake. No structures were threatened by the fire. It was reported at 4:30 p.m., and an 11-year-old boy was pronounced dead on scene. A 41-year-old man was also transported to Northridge Hospital.
California Highway Patrol closed the roadway between the 5 Freeway and 300th Street. The roadway was reopened about 7 p.m., but fire crews will remain on the scene to fight hot spots. The fire was a small one, according to the department. It was five feet by five feet when firefighters arrived.
Located in the far northern reaches of Los Angeles County, the Sam Fire is a large wildfire that has ravaged over 150 acres. The Los Angeles County Fire Department estimates that over 200 firefighters have been tackling the blaze.
Several firefighting helicopters are dropping water on the blaze. The fire is located west of Lancaster and north of Santa Clarita. Several spot fires have been set up, but no structures have been harmed. The fire is 80% contained at this time. Crews are putting the finishing touches on the blaze.
On Wednesday afternoon, firefighters reported seeing a fire tornado in the area. This was not a’real’ fire tornado, but it was a pretty good one. It was the largest of its kind to be seen in Los Angeles County, according to the US National Weather Service, which issued a tornado warning on Wednesday. Those battling the blaze say the tornado was about 1000 feet wide at its base, and had winds in the range of 136-165 miles per hour.
Los Angeles County firefighting effort
Hundreds of firefighters from Los Angeles County Fire Department and other agencies were called to a rural area near Gorman, CA on Wednesday. The fire started in a campsite. It then moved to a large semi truck and began to burn.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to the fire and tasked crews with tackling the fast-moving brush fire. They built containment lines along the edges of the fire. They also re-enforced the fire lines overnight. The heat wave made firefighting difficult.
By Wednesday evening, the fire had grown to over 100 acres and was close to Highway 138. The California Highway Patrol closed Highway 138 for an hour to try to control the blaze.
Overnight, the fire moved northward. By early Thursday morning, the northbound lanes on the 5 Freeway were reopened. The fire has now burned more than 5,200 acres. The blaze is growing as the dry weather and hot temperatures continue.
Crews continue to find hot spots on the fire. The fire has a perimeter of 30 percent. The fire is still threatening 500 structures.
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