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Fast-moving fire quickly spreads to thousands of acres near Gorman as Southland heads into fire season

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A fast-moving brush fire has burned more than 3,600 acres as of 5:40 p.m. fueled by gusty winds and hot, dry weather conditions as the Southland prepares for wildfire season.

The fire was first reported Saturday around 1:45 p.m. at Ralph's Ranch and Gorman School roads near Highway 5.

Evacuation orders have been issued by the Los Angeles County Fire Department for residents living around the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area, Pyramid Lake, Gorman Post Road and surrounding areas.

No injuries or deaths were reported.

Winds are expected to strengthen tonight in burning areas and could reach more than 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The Gorman Fire came just a day after firefighters from seven different California agencies detailed their outlook for the wildfire season.

Here's what we know about the fire so far:

The basics

  • Area: 3,600 acres Saturday afternoon
  • Containment: 0 percent
  • Structures destroyed: None
  • Death: None
  • Injuries: None

Evacuations

Evacuation orders have been issued for the following communities:

  • The Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area, Pyramid Lake, Gorman Post Road and surrounding areas.

Air quality

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