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Lake Fire

Unit Information

Angeles National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
701 N. Santa Anita Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91006

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Lake Fire Morning Update, August 24

Lake Fire Wildfire
News – 8/24/2020

Current Situation: Overnight, the Lake Fire was less active with no increase in acreage. Containment now stands at 62%. Two locations that had fire activity overnight were Red Rock Mountain and Cow Spring Canyon. The Lake Fire is burning in 100-year-old fuels consisting of Big Cone Douglas Fir, Oak, and Gray Pine. The fire is holding northeast of Interstate 5 and south of Highway 138 in steep and rugged terrain.

Today’s priority for firefighters is to continue reinforcing containment lines on the southwest edge of the fire. Five crews will also be working in the area of Burrow Canyon to complete that section of containment line. On the northwest flank of the fire, crews plan to use tactical firing operations (applying fire on the ground) as weather conditions allow. On this fire, tactical firing operations are being used to help reduce vegetation (fuel) on the forest floor, by widening already constructed containment lines. However, higher humidity may impact tactical firing operations.

There are many hazards that firefighters encounter when constructing containment lines. One specific hazard on the Lake Fire is the Yucca plant. When burned, the root ball releases from the soil and rolls downhill. These pineapple-sized chunks of burning material can escape containment lines and ignite unburned vegetation below firefighters working in steep terrain. Firefighters must watch out for these hazards to ensure their safety.

There have been two minor reportable injuries to firefighters on the incident.

Weather: With the tropical moisture from remnants of Hurricane Genevieve having passed. Today, we will see a slow warming trend with daytime temperatures forecasted in the upper 80s and low 90s. Relative humidity will be 20-30% and winds will be out of the southwest at 5-15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

Repopulation of Evacuees: At 10:00 AMtoday, Monday, August 24th, the previously evacuated residents of Kings Canyon Road east to Shafer Road will be returned to their homes. Residents can only access the area via Elizabeth Lake Road from the east or Lancaster road from the north. There is no access from the west. Intermittent power outages and other hazards may still be present in the area. For safety information on returning home after a wildfire visit: http://bit.ly/ReturningHomeAfterAFire

Evacuations: The following areas remain under evacuation orders; east of Old Ridge Route, west of Kings Canyon Road, north of Pine Canyon Road, Three Points Road south of Highway 138. Unified Incident Commanders continue to evaluate all evacuated areas for the potential to safely repopulate.

Evacuation Point(s):  Evacuation points will be opened as needed. If you should need assistance, please call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767).

Road Closures: Three Points Road from Highway 138 to Pine Canyon Road, Old Ridge Route from Highway 138 to Pine Canyon Road, Lake Hughes Road from Ridge Route Road to Deeswood Dive, Pine Canyon Road from Old Ridge Route to Kings Canyon Road, Dry Gulch Road from San Francisquito Canyon Road to Lake Hughes Road. Additional Closures: The Castaic Lake Recreation Area and surrounding areas are being used in support of the fire. The upper and lower lakes and recreation facilities are closed until further notice.  

Forest Fire Closure/Restrictions: The Angeles National Forest has closed all National Forest System lands within the Lake Fire closure area by Order No. 05-01-20-6. On Saturday, August 1st, the Forest changed its Fire Danger Level from VERY HIGH to EXTREME. Angeles Forest Order No. 05-01-20-05 prohibits all campfires within the Angeles National Forest. No fires of any type including cooking stoves, lanterns, and similar devices which use propane, white gas, or similar fuels are allowed at this time.

Animal Care: Antelope Valley Fairgrounds (Large Animals Only) 2551 W Avenue H, Lancaster, CA.

  Smoke Outlook: The South Coast Air Quality Management District has extended the air quality advisory for the Lake Fire, affecting San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties through today. If you smell smoke or see ash due to a wildfire, limit your exposure by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter, in addition to avoiding vigorous physical activity.

Cooperating Agencies: CalFire, County of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, County of Los Angeles Public Works, County of Los Angeles Animal Care & Control, County of Los Angeles Parks & Recreation, Red Cross, and Southern California Edison.

Safety Message: Beware of phone scams! People lose a lot of money to phone scams - sometimes their life savings. Scammers have figured out countless ways to cheat you out of your money over the phone. In some scams, they act friendly and helpful. In others, they might threaten or try to scare you. Learn more about how to recognize a phone scam, and how you can protect yourself at:  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0208-phone-scams

Angeles National Forest: For information on the Angeles National Forest visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/angeles

Wildfire Preparedness: Learn more about Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Ready! Set! Go! Program at: www.fire.lacounty.gov/rsg

Incident Information Line: (323) 205-5263 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM