Lake Fire 82% Contained


LAKE HUGHES (CNS) - A wildfire burning near Lake Hughes was 82% contained this morning and firefighters kept the flames from spreading beyond the 31,089 acres already burned.

“The Lake Fire continues to be quiet these last few days, not a lot of activity on the fire,” Jeff Hinson, Team 14 Operations Section Chief with South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management said Friday night.

Flames from the Lake Fire have destroyed 12 structures and 21 outbuildings and damaged six other structures since it erupted about 3:30 p.m. Aug. 12 near Lake Hughes Road and Pine Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest, which was battling the blaze with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and assistance from other agencies.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol were also involved in the effort.

The campground at the Castaic Lake State Recreation Area reopened Friday after being closed due to the Lake Fire burning in the Lake Hughes area.

While the campground is reopening, the Lagoon Launch Ramp, Swim Beach and the West Ramp remained closed. The Main Ramp is scheduled to reopen tomorrow.

About 520 firefighters were working to contain the fire Friday, down from about 700 on Thursday. Full containment of the fire is expected on Sept. 12.

Four firefighters were injured battling the blaze, but details were not released.

Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency last week to help ensure resources to combat multiple fires burning across the state.

The cause of the Lake Fire remained under investigation.


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