Gorman fire chars 2,500 acres

first_imgGORMAN – Firefighters made progress today on a 2,500-acre wildfire that chased thousands of people from campsites near Los Padres National Forest. The 4-square-mile blaze was 50 percent surrounded at midday and was expected to be fully contained by 6 tonight, said Los Angeles County fire Capt. Mike Brown. “Things are looking really good,” Brown said. “The fire has kept itself in check on the fire lines.” The 200 firefighters on the lines were helped by dipping nighttime temperatures, although water-dropping aircraft were grounded overnight. More than 3,000 people were evacuated from campsites at a state off-road recreation area, located between Los Padres and Angeles national forests, officials said. At least eight homes were briefly evacuated as a precaution. The fire was reported at about 2 p.m. Saturday near the Golden State Freeway just south of Gorman. No injuries have been reported and the cause was under investigation, authorities said. Southern California Edison reported 18 homes were without power due to the fire, but authorities said no homes were immediately threatened. Gorman is about 70 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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