Lake Hughes Fire 'Tornado' Video Shows Whirlwind Tearing Through California

A "fire tornado" video was captured during the enormous Lake Hughes blaze, in Los Angeles County, which saw some 10,000 acres ignited.

"I have never seen anything like this. The #LakeFire is moving fast toward Lake Hughes. It created a fire tornado on this hill and it's sucking everything inside," said ABC7 anchor Veronica Miracle.

I have never seen anything like this. The #LakeFire is moving fast toward Lake Hughes. It created a fire tornado on this hill and it’s sucking everything inside. @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/PwzepwKHKp

— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) August 13, 2020

The towering inferno can be see from across Los Angeles county, as the wildfire continues to grow into the night. At 9 p.m. local time the City of Los Angeles Fire Department said the fire was not contained.

8/12 9:00 pm #LakeFire Update

The #LakeFire is currently at 10,000 acres w/0% containment & mandatory evacs in place.

For IC updates, follow @Angeles_NF & @LACoFDPIO.

For evac info, follow @LASDHQ; for evac center & animal shelter info, follow @RedCrossLA.

🎥 @DaveMillsPhoto pic.twitter.com/Vwp5WVrlve

— LACoFD (@LACOFD) August 13, 2020

Mass evacuations, of more than 500 homes, are ordered around the areas of Lake Hughes Road, Lake Elizabeth Road and West Trail Mountain View Road, plus areas south of Highway 138, including Pine Canyon.

The brush fire started on the afternoon of August 12, and quickly increased in size in the Angeles National Forest area, which covers an area of more 700,000 acres, and is described as being in "L.A.'s backyard." The exact location can be pinpointed here.

Excessive heat, with temperature in the 90s, and gusty winds have fueled the blaze.

A time lapse from Southern California Edison shows the amount of smoke pluming from the a distance.

That’s a fast start to pyrocu mode on the 3hr timelapse on the #LakeFire pic.twitter.com/WlgOsR14UN

— Rob Mayeda (@RobMayeda) August 13, 2020

An enormous plume of bellowing smoke can be seen from Venice Beach, Los Angeles Lifeguards provided the following image.

#LakeFire view from Venice Beach provided by @LACoLifeguards. #LACoFD pic.twitter.com/84jv0gSoVU

— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) August 12, 2020

Firefighters are working through the night to contain the fire.

The Red Cross has set up a disaster shelter for displaced residents at Highland High School in Palmdale, plus there's one at the Castaic Sports Complex.

Animal shelters have been set up at Antelope Valley Fairgrounds and Castaic Fairgrounds.

The Red Cross has opened a temporary #evacuation point for residents affected by the #LakeFire:

Highland High School
39055 25th Street West#Palmdale, CA 93551

Residents need to stay in their cars. Small animals welcome, large animals can evacuate to the following sites:

— Red Cross Los Angeles (@RedCrossLA) August 13, 2020

"We are ready to provide shelter to anyone affected by the #LakeFire. Because of #covid19, we are taking extra precautions to make sure everyone is safe & secure. Once people arrive at the evacuation point, we will assess their needs & make sure everyone has a safe place to stay," said the Red Cross on Twitter.

Fire tornado
Illustrative example of the fire tornado. A fire 'tornado' was seen at Lake Hughes in California on August 12, 2020. David Gray/Getty Images

Local climate activist Edgar McGregor expressed concerned on Twitter at how serious this fire is, and said it could be an "ecological disaster."

"Not enough attention is being given to the major #LakeFire in California. It's only 4 hours old, and 11,000+ acres are gone," McGregor said. "This could be a real ecological disaster for the Angeles Nat. Forest. This is an incredibly hot, climate change helped, leave-nothing-behind type inferno."

Not enough attention is being given to the major #LakeFire in California. It's only 4 hours old, and 11,000+ acres are gone.

This could be a real ecological disaster for the Angeles Nat. Forest. This is an incredibly hot, climate change helped, leave-nothing-behind type inferno. pic.twitter.com/nilFeNoDfr

— Edgar McGregor (@edgarrmcgregor) August 13, 2020

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

#LakeFire Lake Hughes Rd./Pine Canyon Rd. > Live streamhttps://t.co/UDZfiKtL24

— Michael Barthel (@RealMiBaWi) August 13, 2020