Lake Fire near Lake Hughes, CA was very active Friday and Saturday

Spreading to the northeast

UPDATED August 15, 2020  |  6:17 p.m. PDT

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Lake Fire 11:55 a.m. PDT August 15, 2020.

The Lake Fire west of Lancaster, California is up to its old pyrocumulus tricks again as you can see in the photo above taken just before noon Saturday. In the afternoon it was very active and in one location forced firefighters to withdraw to a safer location.

Fire photographer Jeff Zimmerman said, “We are getting hundreds of down strikes to the north of the fire.” This can happen under certain conditions when extreme fire behavior creates a massive pyrocumulus cloud that can generate lightning. The phrase “a fire can create its own weather” is overused, but creating its own lighting is an example.

On Friday it made a three-mile run to the northeast down into the Antelope Valley but firefighters were able to keep it from crossing the California Aqueduct.

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The red line was the perimeter of the Lake Fire at 4:10 a.m. PDT August 15, 2020. The white line was the perimeter about 24 hours before.

Air Tanker 944, the 747, was over the fire at 11:45 a.m. Saturday and returned to San Bernardino. As this was being written at 1:35 p.m. Saturday the aircraft was again en route to the same general area, probably to drop another 17,500 gallons.


August 14, 2020 | 4:15 p.m. PDT

Lake Fire
Lake Fire from Loop1 camera, looking N-NW at 4:21 p.m. PDT August 14, 2020.

The Lake Fire in southern California near Lake Hughes 17 miles west of Lancaster was very active again Friday afternoon. It is well established east of Pine Canyon road and at 4:30 p.m. was moving to the northeast approaching the California Aqueduct in the Antelope Valley.

Early Friday morning the Lake Fire was mapped at 11,637 acres.

To see all articles on Wildfire Today about the Lake Fire, including the most recent, click HERE.

Map of the Lake Fire
3-D Map of the Lake Fire, looking southwest at 2:58 a.m. PDT August 14, 2020.
Map of the Lake Fire
Map of the Lake Fire at 2:58 a.m. PDT August 14, 2020. The arrows show one of the locations where there was significant spread on Friday.

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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. Google+

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