Tumbleweed Brush Fire Burns 1,000 Acres Near 5 Freeway in Gorman

The blaze forced evacuations around the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area in Gorman.

A helicopter drops water on the Tumbleweed Fire.

A fast-moving brush fire, fanned by gusty winds, scorched an estimated 1,000 acres of grass near the 5 Freeway in Gorman.

Firefighters will work Tuesday to put out hot spots. There is more vegetation to clear around the fire, but its forward progress has been stopped and there are no more active flames, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Jeremy Stafford said.

The blaze forced evacuations near a recreational vehicle park. LA County Fire reported Monday night that there were no firefighter injuries, counter to earlier reports of two minor injuries.

The fire started near the southbound 5 Freeway at Gorman Road Sunday at 1:34 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. As of Tuesday morning, there was 50% containment.

The fire department requested fixed-wing aircraft to help battle the growing fire.

A second alarm was declared and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department advised people to stay away from the area. Sheriff's officials were evacuating people south of the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area in Gorman.

No structure damage was immediately reported.


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The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory Sunday night, which was expected to remain in effect through Monday afternoon.

Hot, dry weather is expected to create increased fire danger across Southern California all week long.

A smaller brush fire also broke out Sunday afternoon near the 10500 block of Dale Road in nearby Agua Dulce, the fire department reported. 

Sunday evening, firefighters had stopped the fire at 12 acres and had it 100% contained.

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