LOS ANGELES — A fast-moving wildfire has scorched thousands of acres in northern Los Angeles, destroying homes and prompting officials to order thousands of mandatory evacuations.
"It's been pretty crazy to watch," Josh Stokes, a resident of Los Angeles's Porter Ranch neighborhood, told KCBS-TV. "It's moving really fast."
"It'll likely end up in neighboring Ventura County before it's said and done," Deputy Chief David Richardson of the Los Angeles Fire Department said early Friday, according to The Washington Post.
No injuries have been reported, though authorities said houses and at least one commercial building have been destroyed.
Authorities have ordered the evacuations of more than 12,000 homes as hundreds of firefighters continue to battle the blaze.
Hector Landeros, a resident of Sylmar, told CNN early Friday that he saw "a lot of people trying to get into their neighborhoods" despite the flames.
"In some areas, the streets have started to empty but at the front lines people are watching, waiting on the sidewalk, not really knowing what to do," he said.
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