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Gorman Brush Fire Burns Over 14,625 Acres with Strong Winds Coming


GORMAN (CNS) – Strong winds were expected Monday to continue pushing a massive brush fire in the Gorman area north of Los Angeles that’s burned 14,625 acres and was 8% contained.

Firefighters worked overnight to reinforce the lines of cleared vegetation that they had in place, according to the last update by the unified command that included the U.S. Forest Service, Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Ventura County Fire Department. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California State Park Services, Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, Cal Fire and California Highway Patrol were also providing support.

The Post Fire was threatening nearby structures and prompted the evacuation of about 1,200 people from the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area. The wind continued pushing the flames south toward Pyramid Lake, which was also closed, and street closures were in place south of Ralphs Ranch Road at Quail Lake Road.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for the I-5 corridor in L.A. County mountains until 5 p.m. Monday due to strong northwest- north winds and low humidity. Wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph were forecast., increasing to 60 to 70 mph during the overnight hours into Monday morning , strongest across ridge tops.

One commercial property was destroyed, 10 were threatened and 50 single-family residences were threatened, fire officials said.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a wildfire smoke advisory for the Santa Clarita and Castaic areas, with northwesterly winds expected to push smoke from the fire southeast toward Santa Clarita, the San Fernando Valley and parts of the Angeles National Forest.

The SCAQMD advised people in the area to limit their exposure by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed or by seeking immediate shelter, avoid vigorous physical activity and to run their air conditioners or air purifiers.

“It’s best to avoid using swamp coolers or whole house fans that bring in outside air,” the agency said. “Residents should also avoid burning wood in their fireplaces or firepits. And, if they absolutely must be outside, a properly fit N95 mask or P100 respirator may provide some protection.

The Post Fire started at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Ralph’s Ranch and Gorman School roads, near the Golden State (5) Freeway, Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Craig Little told City News Service.

It was initially reported as a 500-acre brush fire but quickly grew to 2,000 acres by 4:45 p.m. and then 4,400 acres by 7:15 p.m. By midnight, it reached 10,504 acres.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. California Highway Patrol Officer D.C. Williams told KTLA5 that the fire ignited and burned vehicles in a McDonald’s parking lot and several at a nearby auto body shop. He added that wind gusts were causing the fire to repeatedly change directions.

Two adults and one child suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulances to hospitals for treatment, fire officials said.

Officials were urging residents to remain vigilant and be prepared to evacuate if more evacuation orders are issued.

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