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UPDATE: "Lake Fire" in Angeles Forest north of L.A. destroys 3 structures, burns 11,000 acres and 5% contained

Posted at 4:45 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 22:50:19-04

UPDATE (Aug. 13, 7:30 P.M.) The "Lake Fire" burning north of Los Angeles has now reached 11,000 acres as of Thursday evening. The fire is also now 5% contained. Officials said evacuations and road closures remain in place.

UPDATE (7:30 A.M.) The "Lake Fire" burning north of Los Angeles has scorched another 500 acres overnight, bringing the total to 10,500 with 0% containment.

According to the L.A. County Fire Department, three structures have been destroyed and another 5,420 are being threatened. Firefighters overnight worked on providing structure defense with ground crews. Meantime overhead aerial support worked on suppression.

Evacuation orders are in place for the following areas:

  • 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 Hwy 138.

Evacuation centers have been set up at Highland High School on 25th Street in West Palmdale and at Castaic Sports Complex on 31230 Castaic Rd. in Castaic.

Road closures include 3 Points Road from Hwy. 138 to Pine Canyon, Old Ridges Route from Hwy. 138 to Pine Canyon, Lake Hughes Road from Ridge Route Road to Pine Canyon, and San Francisquito Cyn Road from Stater Lane to Spunky Canyon.

Firefighters right now are focused on keeping to the fire north of Castaic Lake, South of Hwy. 138, East of Red Rock Mountain and West of Tule Ridge.


UPDATE (8:30 P.M.) L.A. County Fire Department holds a press conference.

UPDATE (7:30 P.M.): An evacuation center has been established.

UPDATE (6:49 P.M.): The Lake Fire has reached 10,000 acres with 0% containment, however, L.A. County Fire Department is making additional resource requests. Evacuations remain in place.

UPDATE (6:19 P.M.): Angeles National Forest reports 0% containment, but crews making good progress on the south side near Cottonwood Campground. L.A. County Fire has mandatory evacuations in place.

UPDATE (6:05 P.M.): L.A. County Fire Department has said the Lake Fire has consumed roughly 7,000 acres. 10 strike teams are responding as part of a massive resource request to bolster structure protection.

UPDATE (5:13 P.M.): Los Angeles County has said that the Lake Fire has already burned 6,000 acres.


UPDATE (5:11 P.M.): Effective immediately Castaic Lake is closed and is currently being evacuated due to the Lake Fire. It will be used as a base camp.


Los Angeles County Fire crews are battling the Lake Fire in the Angeles Forest north of Los Angeles.

The fire has been upgraded to a multiple alarm fire with over 400 acres already consumed. The fast-moving fire is causing evacuations in the Lake Hughes area.

This is a developing story. More information as it becomes available.