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3,600-acre brush fire in Gorman prompts evacuation orders

The Los Angeles County Fire Department is battling a fire in the Gorman area that grew to more than 3,600 acres on Saturday.

The Post Fire was burning near the southbound 5 Freeway and Gorman Road. The blaze was reported shortly before 2 p.m., according to Cal Fire.

Evacuation orders

The LA County Fire Department announced on X that structures were being threatened and evacuation orders were in place for the following areas:

  • Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area
  • Areas west of the McDonald’s at 49000 Gorman School Road

As of 7 p.m., roughly 1,200 people were evacuated from the Hungry Valley campsite, according to Craig Little, a Public Information Officer with LA County Fire.

According to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, the town of Castiac has been placed on an “Evacuation Warning” due to expected high winds Saturday night.

The blaze comes as the Southland faces an increase in winds, creating challenging conditions for firefighters. Gusts were around 20 mph the evening of Saturday when the fire started — and they’re not done yet.

“Overnight, those winds will continue to crank up,” said NBC4 Meteorologist Stephanie Olmo.

She said in her forecast that winds may peak at about 40 mph around 11 p.m. Saturday and will stay steady around that figure through Sunday.

“The high winds are definitely going to play a role, but the drop in temperatures is going to help, as well,” Little said.

Source: NBC Los Angeles

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