Fast-Moving Wildfire Burns Nearly 15,000 Acres in So Cal

A fire burning between Gorman and Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles and Ventura counties has forced the evacuation of over 1,200 people. The Post Fire began Saturday and has burned 14,625 acres. As of Monday morning, it was 2% contained. 

Another blaze broke out Sunday afternoon around 50 miles east near Lancaster. Dubbed the Max Fire, it has already consumed 338 acres with 0% containment. 

“This is a taste of what’s to come,” Daniel Swain, a climate scientist with the University of California, Los Angeles, told The New York Times.

Record rainfall over the past two years has created thick vegetation. That vegetation has begun drying out from a hotter-than-usual spring, turning it into the perfect fuel for wildfires. 

“Even though dryness levels are not record-breaking at this point, what is anomalous is just how much fuel there is,” Swain added.

Up north near Healdsburg firefighters are battling a blaze that has destroyed several structures. Sonoma County’s Point Fire had burned 1,013 acres and was 15% contained as of Monday morning. 

Other active fires in the state include the Excelsior Fire in Sacramento, the Hernandez Fire in San Benito, the Junes Fire in Butte, the Hesperia Fire in San Bernardino, and the Lisa Fire in Riverside.