WildFire Engulfs Parts Of Palmdale, Hundreds Evacuated

July 30th, 2010 - 7:22 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
WildFirePalmdale, California, July 30, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Firefighters struggled to control a fire that engulfed more than seven square miles in the Los Angeles County area leading to extensive evacuations and gutting all the structures that came on its way. Authorities have stated that the fire was triggered off the northern direction of State Route 14 and swept north and east towards Palmdale in the Los Angeles County. As many as five hundred firefighters are at the scene to control the blaze with 2,000 residences in the area already being evacuated.

Huge flames and black smokes made its way across the hills that connect Los Angeles to the high desert engulfing everything that came on path. Apart from the large number of firefighters who have been working tirelessly to stop the blaze from expanding any further, three water-dropping helicopters are also being used by the authorities to bring the situation under control. Matt Levesque who is the Fire Inspector of the Los Angeles County has told media sources that as many as 1,200 houses in the community of Leona Valley were under the evacuation orders on Thursday evening.

In the meanwhile, in the Kern County, the firefighters have been successful in establishing containment lines owing to the favorable weather conditions around the two wildfire that was responsible for completely destroying houses in the remote mountain communities few days ago. A wildfire that was sparked at Tehachapi on the western end of the Mojave Desert, was controlled after it destructed as many as 30 homes as well as other structures in the community of Old West Ranch.

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