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The wildfire north of Los Angeles is spreading as authorities evacuate 1,200 people

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The wildfire north of Los Angeles is spreading as authorities evacuate 1,200 people

GORMAN, Calif. (AP) — Authorities evacuated at least 1,200 people Saturday as a Los Angeles County wildfire spread across thousands of acres near a major highway and threatened nearby buildings, officials said.

The fire, called the Post Fire, burned more than 3,600 acres (5.6 square miles or 14.5 square kilometers) near the Interstate 5 freeway in Gorman, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Firefighters hose down a structure at the Los Padres Forest Station while battling the post fire on Saturday, June 15, 2024 in Lebec, California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Marcio Jose Sanchez via AP

California State Park Services evacuated 1,200 people from the Hungry Valley Recreation Area in Gorman and both Hungry Valley and Pyramid Lake Reservoir were closed as a result of the fire threat, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said in an 8 p.m. update.

According to authorities, the flames broke out around 1:45 p.m.

The fire was moving southeast toward Pyramid Lake and crews were establishing fire lines at the edge as aircraft worked against limited visibility to stop the fire’s progress, fire officials said.