Wildfire spreads quickly north of Los Angeles, forcing evacuations: NPR

Firefighters work against the advancing Post Fire Sunday in Gorman, California.

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A wildfire northwest of Los Angeles has burned more than 14,600 acres and forced the evacuation of about 1,200 people, California firefighters said.

The fast-growing fire, which started around 2 p.m. Saturday in Gorman, Los Angeles County west of I-5, was moving southeast toward Pyramid Lake, it said. CalFire Sunday.

Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the so-called Post Fire exploded overnight. It has spread to 2,000 acres in western Ventura County, much of it in the Los Padres National Forest, LAist reported.

The fire was 2% contained as of Sunday evening.

Complicating firefighting efforts is that the strong winds that picked up Sunday are expected to last at least until Monday. Wind gusts had reached 55 mph in the area and were expected to reach up to 70 mph overnight, the National Weather Service said Sunday afternoon, before decreasing throughout Monday.

"Conditions will be favorable for rapid rates of fire growth and spread, especially [Sunday night]," the NWS said.

Evacuation orders were in effect for Hungry Valley Park — where national park officials evacuated some 1,200 people — and for Pyramid Lake, which was closed.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to CalFire. No injuries were reported.

California’s wildfire season is off to an aggressive start. So far this year, fires have consumed about 41,900 acres, more than the average of 27,100 acres burned during the same period over the past five years, according to CalFire data.

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