California brush fire burns more than 10,000 acres in less than 24 hours

The fierce brush fire that forced the evacuation of hundreds in Los Angeles County has burned through more than 10,000 acres, according to California fire officials.

The fast-moving blaze, which broke out Wednesday around 3:40 p.m. near Lake Hughes in the Angeles National Forest, was 0 percent contained as of 10 p.m., the LA County Fire Department tweeted.

“The fire grew rapidly from a hundred acres to several hundred acres then quickly to several thousand acres,” Angeles National Forest Fire Chief Robert Garcia said at a press conference Wednesday night.

More than 500 firefighters and three helicopters were called in to battle the inferno.

The cause is under investigation.

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