Lake Hughes California fire forces evacuations north of Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Light winds and scattered thundershowers early Thursday are helping calm the flames of a huge wildfire that prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles.

Crews hope to reign in the blaze before temperatures spike later in the day.

An enormous plume of smoke was visible across much of Southern California after the fire broke out Wednesday in dense forest land.

The blaze exploded in size in areas that hadn’t burned since 1968. By nightfall flames had consumed more than 15.5 square miles of timber and chaparral. There’s no containment. About 100 rural homes were evacuated in the Lake Hughes.

The fire started Wednesday afternoon and grew quickly to more than 15 square miles. About 500 firefighters and 15 aircraft are fighting the flames.

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