Officials revised the number of acres burned in a fire near Lake Hughes Saturday from 17,842 to 14,714 and attributed the change to better mapping.
Nonetheless, the containment figure for the Lake Fire remained at 12%, Cal Fire reported.
“Improved infrared mapping of the fire perimeter revealed a decrease in acreage burned,” the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported.
The blaze has destroyed six structures and damaged three others as firefighters prepared to battle flames in extreme heat and low humidity throughout the weekend.
No injuries have been reported.
The multi-agency effort had 1,563 personnel battling the blaze, according to the U.S. Forest Service, along with three helicopters, five water tenders and 173 engines.
Evacuations remained in effect for the following areas: Lake Hughes Road West of Pine Canyon and north of Dry Gulch Road, east of Ridge Route Road, west of Lake Hughes Road and Fire Station 78, north of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes Road, and south of SR-138.
An evacuation site was established at Highland High School, at 39055 25th St. W in Palmdale, according to the American Red Cross. The Castaic Sports Complex evacuation center, which operated on Thursday, was closed Friday.
At 10:30 p.m. Friday, the Red Cross announced it was transitioning the Antelope Valley fairgrounds evacuation point to standby status due to the increased containment of the fire, but would “monitor the situation and respond with evacuation points as needed.”
Evacuation points are rest sites for those affected to assess their needs and for the Red Cross to present options for lodging. Snacks, water and COVID-19 resources are provided at the sites by volunteers, who follow coronavirus protocols for social distancing, cleaning routines and health checks, the Red Cross said.
Animal boarding was made available at Castaic Animal Care Center 31044 Charlie Canyon Road. Large animals were being taken at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W Avenue H in Lancaster.
Individual needs for people and animals were being assessed at the evacuation centers by Red Cross personnel.
San Francisquito Canyon Road has been closed from Stater Lane to Spunky Canyon, as well as Three Points Road from State Route 138 to Pine Canyon, Old Ridge Route from Hwy 138 to Pine Canyon, and Lake Hughes Road from Ridge Route Road to Pine Canyon.
Poor air quality in and around the area of the fire was expected to affect the public and first responders.
“Fire will continue to grow and threaten the surrounding communities of Lake Hughes, Leona Valley, Lake Elizabeth, Pine Canyon, Quail Lake, Three Points, Historic Ridge Route and Inventoried Roadless areas,” fire officials said Friday.
“Spotting and aggressive fire behavior will continue.”
The fire was first reported at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday near North Lake Hughes Road and Pine Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest, according to the U. S. Forest Service, which was battling the blaze this week with Los Angeles County Fire Department crews and assistance from the Los Angeles, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Monterey Park, Long Beach and Santa Monica fire departments.
“There have been areas of this fire that have not burned in decades, (and) it’s in inaccessible terrain, which has added to the complexity of the fire,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby.
Although some structures were lost, a number of structures were saved by firefighters, he said.
“It’s going to be a hot, dry summer — and it’s going to be a very, very hot, dry weekend,” Osby said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tweeted at 10:57 a.m. Saturday that investigators from its Arson/Explosives Detail have been deployed to the scene of the fire.
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