Friday 19 January 2018

Homes evacuated amid US wildfire

The sign for the Lake Elizabeth Golf and Ranch Club stands in the foreground as smoke looms up in the distance (AP)
The sign for the Lake Elizabeth Golf and Ranch Club stands in the foreground as smoke looms up in the distance (AP)
A charred tree branch frames a burned home in Lake Hughes, California (AP)
A helicopter pulls water out of Hughes Lake to fight a blaze (AP)
Smoke continues to billow into the sky over previously burned terrain in California (AP)

Nearly 3,000 people from some 700 homes are under evacuation orders as a wildfire rages north of Los Angeles, officials estimate.

LA County Sheriff's Lt David Coleman said that evacuees would not be returning home until at least Monday and possibly Tuesday.

He said about 2,000 people and 500 homes were under evacuation orders in the community of Lake Elizabeth, and about 800 people from 200 homes were affected in Lake Hughes.

He said another 1,000 people and 250 homes could be evacuated in the community of Green Valley if the fire moves much closer.

The fast-growing fire had burned about 40 square miles of brush in canyons and mountains about 50 miles north of downtown LA.

Six homes have been destroyed and 15 damaged.

Press Association

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