Lake Fire spreads rapidly near Lake Hughes, California

Evacuations are in effect

August 12, 2020 | 7:29 p.m. PDT

map Lake Fire Lake Hughes California
Map showing the approximate location of the Lake Fire in southern California, at 5:30 p.m. PDT August 12, 2020.

A very rapidly spreading fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in the Angeles National Forest about 19 miles west of Lancaster, California. When units first arrived the fire was about 100 acres burning on both sides of Lake Hughes Road, spreading to the east and northeast.

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At 5:50 p.m. firefighters reported it was generating spot fires one mile ahead and had already grown to about 7,000 acres;  at 7:05 p.m. the estimate increased to about 10,000.

At 6 p.m. the Incident Commander ordered additional strike teams of  Type 1 fire engines for structure protection to bring the total up to 20. With five engines per strike team, that is 100 engines. Evacuations are in effect.

At 7:05 p.m. the fire had crossed Pine Canyon Road and was well established on the east side.

Lake Fire
Lake Fire from Loop, at 6-49 p.m. PDT August 12, 2020


Aircraft over the Lake Fire
Aircraft over the Lake Fire at 7:26 p.m. PDT August 12, 2020. The green line is the track of the King Air in the photo, probably serving as a lead plane. FlightRadar24

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.