Wildfire Burns Through 2,500 Acres of Brush Near Gorman

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GORMAN, Calif. (AP) - A fast-moving wildfire scorched over 2,500 acres of dry brush at the edge of Los Padres National Forest, forcing evacuations at a recreation area, a fire official said.

The blaze was reported just before 2 p.m. along the Golden State Freeway near Gorman Road, said Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Michael Brown.

More than 3,000 people were evacuated from Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area but no injuries were reported, Brown said. Although Southern California Edison reported 18 homes were without power due to the fire, no homes were immediately threatened.

"The fire has shifted back on itself slightly. Right now we've got a pretty good handle on it," Brown said Saturday evening. "We are not requesting additional resources at this time."

He said about 200 firefighters with aircraft support were battling the flames, which were fanned by 40 mile-an-hour winds.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately known, though there were early reports of a vehicle fire in the area, Brown said.

Gorman is a rural, unincorporated community in northern LA County, about 35 miles north of Santa Clarita.

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