Fast-moving brush fire erupts in Lancaster amid scorching temps

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Thursday, June 17, 2021
Fast-moving brush fire erupts in Lancaster amid scorching temps
Crews battled a fast-moving brush fire burning near homes in the Lancaster area Thursday afternoon as a blistering heat wave blankets the Southland.

LANCASTER, Calif. (KABC) -- A fast-moving brush fire erupted in the Lancaster area Thursday, quickly scorching about 150 acres amid triple-digit temperatures and high winds.

The fire, dubbed the King Fire, was initially reported to be about 5 acres in size just before 3 p.m. in the area of North 90th Street and Avenue K, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The blaze grew to about 150 acres by around 4 p.m. It prompted a second-alarm resource request for approximately 200 firefighters, as well as air and ground units, to battle the flames.

Fortunately, firefighters stopped the forward progress of the blaze by 4:30 p.m., after the blaze charred approximately 350 acres.

Authorities said no structures were damaged, and no injuries were reported.

Evacuations were ordered as a precaution for residents living within the boundaries defined by West Avenue I to West Avenue J and 70th Street West to 80th Street West, fire officials said.

Road closures were put in place along West Avenue I and West Avenue J between 70th Street West to 90th Street West.

It was 108 degrees in Lancaster as of 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

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