The Lake Fire is currently 31,089 acres with 65% containment. The Lake Fire started in the Angeles National Forest, near Lake Hughes.The Lake Fire is burning in 100-year-old fuels consisting of Big Cone Douglas Fir, Oak, and Gray Pine. The fire is holding northeast of Interstate 5 and south of Highway 138 in steep and rugged terrain. Due to higher humidity, crews are planning a direct attack on the west flank of the fire. A direct attack strategy works well with high moisture (humidity) and light winds, and it enables firefighters to work closely at the fire’s edge to build containment line.
Crews also continue to work in Burro Canyon completing containment lines. The vegetation type in that area presents some challenges to firefighters, especially the Yucca plant. When burned, the root ball releases from the soil and rolls downhill. These pineapple-sized chunks of burning material can escape containment lines and ignite unburned vegetation below firefighters working along a hillside. Additionally, you may see smoke from pockets of vegetation that continue to burn in the interior of the fire area.
There have been three reportable injuries to firefighters on this incident.
Repopulation of Evacuees: At 10:00 AM this morning, all residents evacuated due to the Lake Fire will return to their homes. Intermittent power outages and other hazards may still be present in the area.
The Following Road Closures Will Remain in Effect:
Heavy equipment and emergency vehicles are still active along Lake Hughes Road.
Effective Saturday August 1, 2020, the Angeles National Forest changed its Forest Fire Danger Level from VERY HIGH to EXTREME. Corresponding with this change, the Angeles National Forest moved into full fire restrictions including prohibiting campfires in developed sites. Cooking stoves, lanterns, and similar devices which use propane, white gas or similar fuels are prohibited at this time.
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