Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in the fast-moving Blue Cut Fire that has exploded to 18,000 acres and forced more than 82,000 people out of their homes since it broke out Tuesday morning in the Cajon Pass, officials said.
near the 15 Freeway and grew to about 1,000 acres in about an hour, according to the incident information page on the fire.
Areas north of the 138 Freeway, east of Sheep Creek, south of Phelan Road and west of Caliente were later evacuated, as well as areas north of the 138, east of the 15, south of Ranchero, west of Summit Valley and all of Summit Valley to the 173.
He explained that the weather conditions were a bad combination of high winds, high temperatures and low humidity as we are in the fifth year of an ongoing drought.
The Clayton Fire near Clear Lake has burned 4,000 acres and 175 structures and is 35 percent contained, the Los Angeles Times reported.