Firefighters are battling a 400-acre fire in the Lake Hughes area of the Angeles National Forest Wednesday afternoon.
The so-called Lake Fire was reported near Lake Hughes and Pine Canyon roads and is threatening structures.
Forest officials said the blaze has a “rapid rate of spread.” It was first reported at 50 acres and rapidly grew in size.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials asked residents in the area to be prepared to evacuate.
Aerial video provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department showed a large plume of thick smoke in the area. Smoke could be seen as far as Venice Beach, a photo from Los Angeles County lifeguards showed.
Check back for updates on this developing story.