A fast-moving brush fire fanned by gusty winds scorched an estimated 1,000 acres of grass Sunday near the Golden State (5) Freeway in Gorman, forced evacuations near a recreational vehicle park and left two firefighters with minor injuries.
The so-called “Tumbleweed Fire,” which ignited near the southbound 5 Freeway at Gorman Road, was reported at 1:34 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. As of 7:30 p.m., there was 10% containment.
The fire department requested fixed-wing aircraft to help battle the growing fire.
A second alarm was declared and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department advised people to stay away from the area. Sheriff’s officials were evacuating people south of the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area in Gorman.
County fire has dispatched two strike teams and is readying a third to send in, the fire department reported.
No structure damage was immediately reported.
North winds of 10 to 15 mph were expected in the area Sunday evening, with gusts up to 25 mph and relative humidity of 10% to 15%, according to the National Weather Service.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory Sunday night, which was expected to remain in effect through Monday afternoon.
Hot, dry weather is expected to create increased fire danger across Southern California all week long.
A smaller brush fire also broke out Sunday afternoon, near the 10500 block of Dale Road in nearby Agua Dulce, the fire department reported. But that evening, firefighters had stopped the fire at 12 acres and had it 100% contained.
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