About 40,000 Ordered to Evacuate as Wildfire Razes North of Los Angeles

Brush Fire in Northern LA Forces Residents to Evacuate

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About 40,000 residents north of Los Angeles have been ordered to evacuate following a brush fire that erupted Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said the brush fire began at 1:42 p.m. near Tick Canyon Road in the Santa Clarita area, and numerous other fires have also broken out in the area.

The fire spread to nearly 4,000 acres and was 5 percent contained late Thursday night after destroying several structures, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said about six homes have been burned, but that number may rise.

More than 500 firefighters were working to combat the flames Thursday. At that time, winds of 20 mph and gusts of 40 mph were recorded in the area. The winds were expected to get stronger into the night and Friday, according to authorities.

During a Thursday night news conference, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby urged people to stay away even if they can’t see flames because there are plenty of hot spots.