LOS ANGELES, June 10 — An aggressive brush fire dubbed the “South Fire” threatened more than 200 homes in Newhall, a community 50 km northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the United States.
The fire, first reported at about 2:45 p.m. local time (0945 GMT) on Saturday and just east of the Golden State Freeway or the Interstate Freeway, has scorched 160 acres (0.65 square km) with zero percent containment as it entered its fourth hour at 5:45 p.m.(0045 GMT on Sunday).
The fire forced the northbound 5 Interstate Freeway to close and two mandatory evacuation orders to be issued within one hour for several neighborhoods along the highway, local media reported, adding that more than 200 homes were threatened.
Video clips posted online by a local CBS news station showed that water-dropping helicopters from Los Angeles County are flying just above power lines in a canyon to fight the fire as flames burn on the ridge and black smoke rises into the sky.
The county has asked the City of Los Angeles and other cities nearby to help out, and some fixed-wing aircraft will join the battle this evening.
There have been no reports of casualties so far.