Sky Turns Red As Terrifying Fire Forces Neighbours To Flee In Los Angeles
A huge fire in Los Angeles turned the sky red last night as terrified residents were forced to flee from their homes.
The 10,000-acre blaze is burning near the Lake Hughes area in LA, with shocking footage showing flames and smoke billowing into the sky.
According to NBC, there has been mandatory evacuations for at least 100 homes, with reports that the blaze could be seen from up to 65 miles away.
ABC7 reported Veronica Miracle shared a video of the fire on Twitter, writing: "I have never seen anything like this.
"It created a fire tornado on this hill and it's sucking everything inside."
Thankfully, no injuries or serious damage to houses has been reported so far.
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The fire has quickly spread with fire officials saying that it was roughly 50-acres at 4pm, but within two hours covered about 10,000 with zero containment.
Angeles National Forest Fire Chief Robert Garcia told CBS: "It's pretty explosive fire behaviour.
"It's typically what we see a little bit later in the season and often driven by wind. The fuel, moisture conditions and the fire at this particular location with the slope, it really created the recipe for rapid fire growth."
The Red Cross Los Angeles has set up a temporary evacuation point at a local high school, however due to coronavirus restrictions, residents will have to stay inside their parked cars.
Sgt. Ron Schaffer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said: "In this evacuation, unfortunately because of COVID protocols, a shelter is not actually established, people will have to stay in their cars."
Speaking at an evening press conference, officials said firefighters had been grappling with erratic winds and were trying to create fire breaks to protect people's homes.
Lisa Phillips, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service, warned NBC that there dryness would continue overnight and that the wind speeds could pick up to as much as 25mph.
A heatwave has been forecast for several areas - including Lake Hughes - from Friday.
The LA County Fire Department said it had requested at least an extra 420 firefighters to help tackle the blaze.
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