A devastating wild fire has destroyed over 5,500 acres of Santa Clarita hillsides, early Saturday morning, reported ABC7 news.com. The fire is currently moving into more areas, despite the attempts by fire fighters to contain the blazes, reported media.
The fire began on Friday afternoon and soon spread to more areas by evening eating up more than 3,000 acres, said forest department officials.
Extreme weather conditions made it difficult to contain the inferno until Saturday morning, added officials.
“We were experiencing 50- to 100-foot flame links running across these ridges and down these slopes and doing the kind of things we normally expect to see at 2 p.m.,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Battalion Chief Dennis Cross said. “It’s been a really tough fire and a really tough fire season so far,” said ABC7news.com.
Temperature is expected to soar to 108 degree temperature in the area, said officials, fearing obstacles in resuce missions. Official have issued all residents to evacuate from their homes at the Soledad Canyon, and along the road from 14 Freeway to Agua Dulce Canyon Road.
More than 200 homes at the Little Tujunga locality starting from Bear Divide to Gold Creek, have been placed under compulsory evacuations. The stretch from Gold Creek are to Camp 16 is placed under voluntary evacuation, added officials.
An advisory for San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys and central Los Angeles has been issued by officials, following the wild fire. Though officials have removed evacuations in some areas, but fears of fresh fires have led the crew to again issue fresh rescue measures, added officials.
The Wildlife Waystation has been evacuated already. It urged the help from nearby residents to help in transporting the animals, adding that about 400 animals need to be taken immediately from the site.
The Red Cross Society opened up centres across the affected regions, devastated by the ravaging fire, said its officials.