5,000 structures threatened by wildfire near Los Angeles

XINHUA 發布於 08月13日20:04

Firefighters participate in battling wildfire at the Angeles National Forest in Azusa, California, the United States, on July 31, 2020. A wildfire continued to blacken land in the Angeles National Forest. (Xinhua)

Several structures are threatened by the fire which is growing "with a very rapid rate of speed" and mandatory evacuations are in place, the local authority said.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- An aggressive wildfire raged 10,500 acres (42.5 square kilometers) near Los Angeles in U.S. state of California with zero percent containment by Thursday morning, according to the local authority.

More than 5,000 structures were threatened and three had been destroyed, said the local authority.

The blaze, dubbed the Lake Fire, was first reported Wednesday afternoon in the Angeles National Forest located north of Los Angeles downtown, and spread to over 10,000 acres (40.5 square kilometers) within 3 hours.

Several structures are threatened by the fire which is growing "with a very rapid rate of speed" and mandatory evacuations are in place, according to the InciWeb, an interstate incident information system.

A firefighter participates in battling wildfire at the Angeles National Forest in Azusa, California, the United States, on July 31, 2020. A wildfire continued to blacken land in the Angeles National Forest. (Xinhua)

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said Thursday morning that more than 1,000 fire fighters from the Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County and other cooperating agencies are working together to battle this fire.

Fire officials were quoted by the local CBS news channel as saying that the blaze is unusual since it developed early in the fire season and spread as rapidly as it did without strong winds. It's also a history-making event as some of the areas caught fire for the first time since 1968.

"It's pretty explosive fire behavior," said Angeles National Forest Fire Chief Robert Garcia.  ■