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

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Lake Fire Morning Update, August 27

Lake Fire Wildfire
News – 8/27/2020

Current Situation: As of 6:00 AM today, California Interagency Incident Management Team 14 assumed command of the Lake Fire incident and the fire is no longer under unified command. Containment of the Lake Fire is continuing to hold at 70%. It has been 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.

While much progress has been made in containing the Lake Fire, there is still much work to be completed. Approximately 139 miles of dozer line has been cut in efforts to contain the fire, and suppression repair has begun to help mitigate the effects of that and other suppression activities. Suppression repair includes erosion control measures, such as water bars, to reduce the impact and potential for mudslides and erosion. Additionally, unneeded suppression equipment such as hoses and portable water tanks are being removed from the fire area.

Crews have been patrolling and mopping up (looking for hotspots within containment lines) in the northern area of the fire. Small amounts of smoke from pockets of vegetation that continue to burn in the fire’s interior continue to be visible, especially from Pine Mountain Road.

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. Please see Inciweb for a copy of the forest order here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6953/53705/

Weather: The warming and drying trend in local weather patterns is expected to continue through today. Plan for gusty winds in the afternoon. Daytime temperatures are predicted to be 88-97 degrees, with humidity around 15-30%. Daytime winds are expected 5-10 mph with gusts up to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. For tonight, temperatures will remain mild with moderate humidity recovery. Temperatures are expected around 70-75 degrees, with humidity from 50-60%. Overnight winds are forecast to be 5-10 mph with gusts up to 15 mph.

Weather Advisory: A heat advisory is in effect from 11:00 AM this morning to 9:00 PM this evening for the Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles County Mountains, Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley.

Areas to Remain Closed: ·       
 Lower and Upper Lake Castaic ·        Lake Castaic Recreation Areas

The Castaic Lake Recreation Area and surrounding area are being used in support of fire operations. The upper and lower lakes and recreation facilities are closed until further notice. Heavy equipment and emergency vehicles are still active along Lake Hughes Road.

Incident command is evaluating the potential for reopening these closed areas as soon as is feasible and safe for the public.

Smoke Outlook: Currently, there are no active smoke advisories from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Cooperating Agencies: Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department, County of Los Angeles Public Works, County of Los Angeles Parks & Recreation, and Southern California Edison.

Safety Message: Knowing how to work safely in hot weather can help prevent heat stress injuries and heat stroke.  Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness, and it occurs when the body can no longer control its temperature. For more information about heat-related illnesses and first aid, please visit: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/heat_illnesses.html

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

Media and Incident Information Line: (626) 574-5208 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

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