Lake Fire Burns Through 10,000 Acres North of L.A. and Continues to Spread: 'A Fire Tornado'

According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the fire is also "actively burning in an area where the fire history is nearly 100 years old."

Footage captured by local reporters showed the intensity of the flames, which moved quickly and created a "fire tornado" by "sucking everything inside."

"I have never seen anything like this," ABC 7 reporter Veronica Miracle wrote on Twitter alongside the two clips.

Though no injuries have been reported, firefighters ordered mandatory evacuations for residents living in the surrounding areas.

These areas include Lake Hughes Road west of Pine Canyon Road and north of Dry Gulch Road, east of Ridge Route Road, west of Lake Hughes Road and Fire Station 78, north of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes Road and south of Highway 138.

Those required to evacuate were offered refuge at Highland High School in West Palmdale and the Castaic Sports Complex in Castaic.

Shelters for animal care were also available at the Lancaster Animal Care Center, Palmdale Animal Care Center, and Castaic Animal Care Center, as well as the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds for larger animals.

This isn't the first time that the rural northern Los Angeles area has been hit by massive wildfires.

According to ABC affiliate KABC, the Powerhouse Fire burned 30,000 acres in 2013 due to electrical power lines and took approximately 10 days to contain.

Officials told the outlet that a majority of the land affected by the Lake Fire hasn't been burned since 1968.

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