Lake Hughes Community (Los Angeles County), California

Lake fire smoke plumes from road

UPDATE 2 – Thursday, August 13, 2020


The fire started Wednesday around 1540 hours PT.  A local FD responded to a report of a wildfire in the area of Lake Hughes and Prospect Roads, southwest Lake Hughes, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, California.

They immediately reported extreme fire behavior with a rapid of progression. More personnel and equipment were ordered and immediately were on-scene.

Within one hour and 40 minutes into the incident, the fire had already scorched 6,000 acres with no containment in sight!

Eyewitness accounts reported by media, local residents and firefighters showed many countless images of fire burning horizontally and running uphill, projecting a fiery grass hillside looking more like a roman candle and a firestorm surrounding them all.

Massive evacuations were in effect for those in the Lake Hughes area where the fire reportedly was ignited from an unknown cause.


The fire has destroyed 11,000 acres of chaparral, brush and timber.  Fire personnel have gained a successful 5% containment status but know there is going to be a serious fight with this monstrous of a fire storm.  Fire was said to be near Red Lakes but unconfirmed by CAL FIRE as of yet.


There are approximately 1,159 personnel from 3 agencies that include , 362 engines, 14 crews, 3 helicopters, 8 dozers and 9 water tenders.

Fire Management is currently under Unified which include the LA CO FD and the Angeles National Forest.

Incident Cooperators Include:  LA CO Sheriff, CA Hwy Patrol (CHP), County of LA Public Works Animal Care and Control, Public Works, Parks and Rec, Red Cross and the Southern CAL Edison, Angeles National Forest, Inciweb.

Fire Fighters working to put out Lake Fire


Mandatory Evacuations – GO NOW!

The following areas are under mandatory evacuations, meaning you need to GO NOW.

  • Lake Hughes Road West of Pine Canyon and North of Dry Gulch Road
  • East of Ridge Route Road
  • West of Lake Hughes Road and Fire Station 78
  • North of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes Road
  • South of SR 138

Evacuation Shelters

  • Highland HS – 39055 25th Street.  West Palmdale, CA 93551
  • Castaic Sports Center – 31230 Castaic Road, Castaic, CA

Large Animal Shelters

  • Antelope Valley Fairgrounds – Castaic Fairgrounds


  • San Francisquito Canyon Road from Slater Lane to Spunky Canyon
  • 3 Points Road from Hwy 138 to Pine Canyon
  • Old Ridge Route from Hwy 138 to Pine Canyon
  • Lake Hughes Road from Ridge Route Road to Pine Canyon


There have been three structures that have been destroyed.   There are currently 5,420 structures that are currently under threat at the time of this second update.


Photo Credits are from the USFS via Inciweb. We do not lay claim to these photos.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/13/2020 2100 PT




Update 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY |  A wildfire burning west of Iris Meadows campground and Rock Creek Road, south of Crowley Lake in Mono County, California broke out on Tuesday evening (July 21, 2020) on the Inyo National Forest lands.

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RESOURCES | 4 engines, 5 crews, 3 helicopters and 4 air tankers are assigned to this incident from the Inyo National Forest and CAL FIRE.

CURRENT STATUS | 40 acres.  Fire fuels are mixture of sagebrush, mahogany and conifer. 20% contained.  Lightning caused.

Evacuations are in effect for Iris Meadow and Big Meadows Campgrounds. 

ROAD CLOSURES | Rock Creek Road.

HASHTAGS | #CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #IrisFire

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog | Update 2 | July 22, 2020 1425 PT



Update 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY |  A wildfire burning near Iris Meadow and Rock Creek Road, south of Crowley Lake in Mono County, California broke out this evening on the Inyo National Forest lands.

CAUSE | Unknown. Under investigation.

RESOURCES | Inyo National Forest, CAL FIRE (mutual aid).

CURRENT STATUS | Limited details. We will update as more information is received.

HASHTAGS | #CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #IrisFire

SOCIAL MEDIA | Twitter/Facebook – @nwfireblog —- Instagram – NW Fire Blog

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog | 7-21-2020 2145 PDT

JULY 4 2020 | SHERIDAN FIRE | CA | 1

Vegetation was ignited from an  unknown cause in the 7000 block of Sheridan Road, just south of the sunol in Santa Clara (Alameda County) and north of the Mission Peak Regional Preserve in the State of California (USA) on Saturday, July 4th.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SCU


Here is a timeline of the fire as it was reported on Social Media:

1400 | Vegetation fire.  AA460  “25-30 acres. Moderate to dangerous rate of spread. Requesting additional aircraft.”

1429 | Units reportedly repositioning to stop the fire from making runs as it approaches another ridge. Winds are starting to pick up.

1440 | Fire is moving south but air tankers are working to slow it down.

1609 | Fire is at 100 acres. It is 30% contained.

1614 | Forward progression stopped. Staff and Officers: Helping East Bay Regional Park visitors to be evacuated.

1715 | Fire is now in mop-up operations.

Photo Credit | Alameda Co FD



This incident name is also being used for another fire in New Mexico but these are two unrelated wildfires. The other Sheridan Fire started on June 30, 2020, at 1341 hourst on the Sheridan Corral Gila National Forest.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/4/2020 1825 PT

JUNE 29, 2020 | JAMACHA FIRE | CA | 1


CAL FIRE San Diego and San Miguel Fire Department are on-scene of a brush fire are  involving several palm trees near Windwood Wy and Par Four Dr.

There are homes in the area but none are threatened.

This wildfire was reported this evening around 2050 hours PT.

More updates to be posted as information is received.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2055 PT

JUNE 28, 2020 | DYER FIRE | CA

UPDATE 1 – JUNE 28, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  A NEW wildfire named the DYER FIRE has ignited this evening and is burning on Dyer Road and Altamont Pass Road near the entrance of the landfill; just east of Livermore (Alameda County), California.

CURRENT STATUS.  The fire is listed at 5 acres with a moderate rate of spread and is wind-driven of light flashy fuels with windy conditions. Incident is just in the beginning stages of arriving personnel and equipment.

RESOURCES.  CAL FIRE and Alameda County FD firefighters are currently en-route to the scene.

UPDATES.  More updates will be provided as additional information is  received.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2040 PT


JUNE 25, 2020 | THURSDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  The 58 FIRE was reported on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 1036 hours PT on Van  Buren Street and Avenue 58 in  the community of Thermal, California.

STATUS.   Currently the fire is at 12.4 acres with an 80% containment status. Forward progression has been stoppped.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS.  56 fire personnel are assigned with 14 engines, 5 overhead staff, 2 water tenders, 1 dozer,  1 patrol unit, 1 ground unit, local Law Enforcement, Fire Investigator from Cathedral City FD, Palm Springs FD, CAL FIRE/Riverside, California Highway Patrol (CHP), Cathedral City FD, Imperial Irrigation District, Palm Springs FD, Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, Sun Bus.

EVACUATIONS.   There are none at this time.


Photos taken on June 24, 2020. | Credit | CAL FIRE – Riverside Co FD





CAUSE.  It is unknown at this time.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1930 PT

CA Wildfire | Quail Fire | 1

Update 1 – 6/7/2020 – Sunday

Incident Summary

A 4th alarm wildfire named the QUAIL FIRE started on Saturday, June 6th at 1636 hours PT is located on Quail Canyon Road and Pleasants Valley Road, southwest of Winters (Solano County), California.

Current Status

The fire has burned 1,837 acres and has a 40% containment status.  3 structures have been destroyed:  1 home, 1 commercial and 1 other.

The cause of this fire is unknown and under investigation.


There are 600 personnel along with 7 crews, 30 engines and 9 dozers. Lead Agency is CAL FIRE – Sonoma – Lake – Napa Unit. Agencies represented include: Solano County Fire, Contra Costa Fire, CAL FIRE – Butte Unit / Butte County FD and Central Marin FD.

Incident Cooperators

Additional Incident Cooperators include:  Red Cross Northern California Coastal. Solano County Public Health,


Aircraft have been dipping out of nearby Putah Creek.  Engines are drafting water out of the Lake Solano County Park.


Mandatory evacuations were in effect on Saturday for those in the area of Quail Canyon Road from Pleasants Valley Road to Hwy 128.   Evacuation shelter is located at 3 Oaks Community Center, 1100 Alamo Dr Vacaville, CA 95687.

Evacuation Map below:



Wildfire Resources presented by CAL FIRE. Website:

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2125 PT

CA Wildfire | 33 Fire | 1


Firefighters and equipment were dispatched through the Los Padres National Forest Communications Center on Friday, May 22, 2020, at 1615 hours PT to a brush fire.  The fire is located on Hwy 33 and about two miles south of Hwy 66 in Cuyama, California.

Resources included:  BC32LPF BC72LPF CRW3LPF CRW528LPF CRW530LPF DOZ4LPF E335LPF E355LPF E372LPF PAT73LPF Q.

Photo Credit | Los  Padres NF Stock Photo


At 1708, it was stated the fire which had scorched 35 acres was burning in light fuels and had a moderate rate of spread with four aircraft on order and one copter on order. Additional resources were being requested from Santa Barbara County FD, LPF, Ventura County and Kern Counties.

Shortly after 1719 hours PT, 2 air tankers have been released, SBC Air Support Unit Copter 3 remains on scene assisting FF’s on the ground that continue to make good progress on the fire, says the San Bernardino County Fire PIO spokesman.

Forward progression has been stopped.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/22/2020 – 1800 PT


#MannFire | Wildfire | California | Sit Rep 1

SIT REP  1 – MARCH 3, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A second wildfire is burning inside the State of California.  This is burning in the Santa Ana Riverbottom near California Avenue and Grulla Court in the Norco community and just south of (Riverside County) Jurupda Valley.

There is an unknown cause and is currently under investigation.

RESOURCES | 30 engines. 5 water tender. 3 heliccopter. 210 firefighters.  7 Crews. 3 Bulldozers. 8 overhead personnel. Additionally there are Police Officers, Utilities, Air Attack, PIO and one Helitender on-scene. Earlier during the incident this afternoon, 2 OCFA strike teams and one helicopter were being deployed as mutual aid.

Parters Include | AMR, Animal Control, CAL FiRE / Riverside Unit and San Bernardino Units, City of Corona FD, Los Angele County FD, Orange County Fire Authority, Riverside FD, Riverside County Fire EMD, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, San bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, Southern California Edison and the Norco Animal Rescue Team.


Photo Credit | NWS San Diego (taken at 1124 hours PST)

CURRENT STATUS | CAL FIRE firefighters f rom the Riverside unit have been able to gain a 20% containment status.  The forward progression of the fire has been stopped.  Fire has burned 175 acres.

Not long ago, fire was threatening about 500 homes as the winds were picking up but have suddenly died down.  The Evacuation orders were downgraded from a mandatory evacuation orders to a Warning.

INJURIES | 2 civilians with non-threatening injuries

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT | 5 properties to fencing & outbuildings, minor damage.

HASHTAGS | #CAwildfires2020 #FireSeason2020 #CAFires #CAwildfires2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1920 hours PST