Sheep Hearth: Necessary evacuations after hearth spreads 20-fold in Southern California


Mandatory evacuations are planned after a wildfire that steadily spread through Sunday’s Angeles National Forest in southern California.

According to InciWeb, the Sheep Fire grew from 35 acres on Sunday morning to 775 acres by afternoon. The fire is only 5% contained.

“Law enforcement is going door-to-door with a mandatory evacuation for Desert Front Road and Wild Horse Canyon,” the latest fire update reads.

“Wrightwood is under an evacuation warning. There is a road closure from Highway 138 to Lone Pine (Highway 2),” the accident summary said.

CNN has reached out to authorities for details on how many residents are under evacuation orders.

The fire broke out on Saturday evening. The cause is under further investigation.

Located about 23 miles outside of the Los Angeles area, the forest is “in one of the driest and most fire-prone areas of the United States,” according to the Angeles National Forest site.

Southern California fire officials have already warned of a challenging fire season.

Robert Garcia, the US Forest Service fire chief for the Angeles National Forest, told CNN last week that the summer months were off to a “worrying start.” Firefighting resources have been mobilized to Arizona and New Mexico since March, where the Black Fire just became the second largest blaze in state history.

“In Southern California, there’s typically a fire season that historically lasts in late June and then into the fall,” Chief Garcia said. “But we’re now seeing activity all year round.”

The Angeles National Forest is already under fire restrictions that are expected to expand around the forest in the coming months, he said.

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