A fire burning in southern California threatens to kill an estimated 400,000 people.
The wildfire is centered on the Angeles National Forest, a major source of water and agriculture, and threatens to destroy much of the region’s agricultural production.
It also threatens to create major water shortages, as water supplies are cut off in some areas, and threaten the lives of thousands of people who rely on agriculture.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire is expected to spread across parts of Los Angeles County and neighboring San Bernardino County and is expected soon to reach the city of Los Feliz, which is home to many of the state’s largest cities.
The fire is moving slowly, and it is not expected to burn for months, the state said.
The wildfire is a result of multiple factors, including the lack of firefighting resources, the failure of firefighters and the continued lack of adequate infrastructure to contain the blaze, the department said.
There is no indication yet that the fire will cause significant damage to structures or people, but it is expected that a large number of structures will be destroyed, according to a news release from the department.
The department is encouraging residents to evacuate and shelter in place.
The state says the fire has destroyed 1,600 structures, including more than 2,600 homes, more than 4,300 businesses and more than 7,100 homes.
The fire is burning in the Angeles Forest and has forced more than 1,000 evacuations, according the state.
The Los Angeles Times reports the flames are moving fast and the flames have reached the top of a hill, which firefighters said was dangerous.
The hilltop is being used as a staging area for the fire.
A helicopter is seen hovering above the burning area, as firefighters try to control the flames.
The flames are burning in a forest in Los Angeles, California, October 31, 2020.
Aerial view of the fire, as seen by a helicopter.
The fires are burning across the region, as well as in parts of San Bernardino and Ventura counties.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is helping in the fight.
The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined, the LA Times reported.
The agency said it has evacuated about 800 people from the San Fernando Valley, including a number of residents who live near the fire’s epicenter.
The evacuation was also extended to several towns in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, including Los Felipe, Palos Verdes and Burbank.
The LA Fire Department, along with the National Guard, is helping to fight the fire through the end of the day, according LA Times.
The National Weather Service in Santa Monica said the wildfire was at 5,800 acres and burning rapidly at a rate of one to two acres per hour.
The National Weather Services said it was expected to reach 2,200 acres by Saturday.
The winds were forecast to be up to 60 mph and the fire was expected for Sunday and into Monday, the weather service said.
The winds have reached 60 mph (100 km/h) in the fire area, the National Weather Simulator reported.