Fire Near Lake Hughes 95% Contained


LAKE HUGHES (CNS) - The Lake Fire burning near Lake Hughes was 95% contained this morning as firefighters patrolled the fire line to ensure that flames did not escape containment.

The fire, which has burned 31,089 acres, has been burning 100 year-old fuels consisting of Big Cone Douglas Fir, Oak and Gray Pine, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Firefighters have been monitoring the fire area for pockets of isolated heat and smoke and full containment of the fire was expected by Sept. 12, the Forest Service said.

About 260 firefighters were assigned to the fire, Angeles National Forest officials said.

Firefighters will continue to patrol the fire perimeter, mitigate any hot spots and seek to guard against any threat of spread, officials said.

Flames from the Lake Fire 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.

ANF fire crews have been battling the blaze with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and assistance from other agencies including the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol.

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

The cause of the Lake Fire remains under investigation.

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