LAKE HUGHES (CNS) - Helicopters made water-dropping sorties this

morning on fast-moving, out-of-control wildfire, which was 0% contained after

scorching 10,500 acres in the Lake Hughes area, prompting the mandatory

evacuation of at least 100 structures.

   The Lake Fire was reported at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday near North

Lake Hughes Road and Pine Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest, according

to Marvin Lim of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which was battling the

blaze with Angeles National Forest crews, as well as assistance from the Los

Angeles, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Monterery Park and Santa Monica fire


   As of 7 a.m. Thursday, the fire's size was listed as 10,500 acres,

with three structures destroyed and 5,420 threatened, according to the Los

Angeles County Fire Department. No injuries have been reported.

Pick up the Friday edition of the Antelope Valley Press for a full update.

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Why hasn't the "Fire Update" page been updated?

Yes there is Facebook. Yes there is Instagram. Yes there is CalFire and Inciweb. But some of us are paying for your newspaper and website access and can't get a recap on a website that is local, which makes no sense.

This matters because not everyone is on Facebook or Instagram and even if they are, there are such a thing as power outages and Internet service interruptions. So it's still important that Los Angeles are news stations put out regular updates and local print newspapers print the updates.

The government websites have been so overwhelmed by people in both North and Southern California seeking fire updates that they apparently can't find on their local print or broadcast news that those websites have experienced outages in some cases. It would take some of the pressure OFF the government websites if journalists were re-distributing those updates to their own audiences and subscribers.

I'm seriously considering canceling my subscription because this paper is of little "local news" value unless you live in Cal City, Lancaster or Palmdale. For those of us in Leona Valley, Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake it's too often crickets whether it was the week-long power outage last Winter in Leona Valley after the snow or the recent expansion of the Lake Fire during which the 38 percent containment actually dropped.

Even on the AV Press Twitter feed there are no Lake Fire updates.

I have a background and degree in journalism and while I know that cuts to budgets leave newsrooms too understaffed to keep up with everything, especially during the pandemic, this falls at the feet of your publisher. They need to hire someone who can effectively focus on AREA news. After all, the news stations in the LA Basin aren't doing much AV area coverage either. If not you, who?

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