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Vehicles burn during the Lake Hughes fire in Angeles National Forest, California, on Wednesday. AP
A fast-moving 10,000-acre fire was burning near the Lake Hughes area in Angeles National Forest late on Wednesday but no injuries or damage to structures were reported, authorities said.
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The Los Angeles County Fire Department was alerted to the blaze in the mid-afternoon.
"The fire grew within the first two minutes to 100 acres," a spokesman for the fire department told a news conference.
A helicopter drops water onto the Lake Hughes fire in Angeles National Forest on Wednesday. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP
It had spread to 10,000 acres with no containment as of 9pm and was moving northeast, the fire department and police said.
Thick smoke enveloped the region, which is to the north of Los Angeles, a video issued by police showed.
"This is a major fire, we will be here throughout the night," the spokesman said.
More than 100 structures are within the evacuation area but there was no primary evidence of loss or damage, the fire department said.
Residents fled their homes as the so-called Tick Fire scorched over 4,000 acres (1,618 hectares) and was only ten percent contained by Friday evening.
The winds weren’t expected to reach the ferocious speeds that helped the Dixie Fire explode in size last week. As of Sunday, the fire had destroyed 489,287 acres (198,007 hectares), authorities said, up from the previous day's 447,723 acres.
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The fire, dubbed the Apple Fire by local firefighters — who routinely give blazes identifying names — was reported Friday in Cherry Valley, a community about 75 miles east of Los Angeles and had destroyed at least one family home as of Saturday evening.
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