Throughout the night of August 12, 2020 and into the morning of August 13, a major wildfire spread across 10,500 acres of forest land in the Angeles National Forest, 65 miles from the city of Los Angeles. As of 9:30 AM pacific time, fire crews have failed to control the spread and currently have 0% containment. The Intelligence Ledger has confirmed 500 firefighters, 16 helicopters, and several air tankers are currently partaking in emergency operations, with additional assets being deployed.
The fire was first noticed at 3:30 PM on August 12 by tourists and residents on or near national forest property. The blaze spread through dry brush and up elevated terrain, growing in ferocity and speed and time progressed.
Since yesterday, the number of mandatory evacuation orders issued by local authorities have grown significantly. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Captain Ronald Shaffer has announced the following: east of Ridge Route Road, north of Pine Canyon Road and Lake Hughes Road, west of Lake Hughes Road, and south of Interstate 138. These mandatory orders will impact several thousand individuals, and place strain on the American Red Cross.
UPDATE (8/13/20 - 2:33 PM CST)
UPDATE (8/13/20 - 5:13 PM CST)
The Intelligence Ledger has ascertained that 1,000 firefighters are currently battling the blaze at Angeles National Forest. As of this moment, it remains at 0% containment. Command staff is currently moving more "strike teams" of firemen into the area.