A fast moving fire burned several homes and other outbuildings Wednesday afternoon near Lytle Creek. The fire dubbed the “South Fire” broke out around 1pm near the 15 freeway and Sierra Avenue. The fire quickly jumped containment lines and spread to over 500 acres. The Lytle Creek community was placed under a mandatory evacuation order as law enforcement worked to evacuate residents and those in the nearby campgrounds.
Dozens of aircraft dropped water and retardant on the fire. By nightfall, authorities were still assessing the damage to burned structures. The fire laid down with cooler temperatures as firefighters kept watch. Crews were up on hillsides cutting brush and attempting to remove any fuels for the fire to burn.