Gorman brush fire: Highway 138 shut down as 200 firefighters battle Sam Fire near Quail Lake that created ‘smokenado’


GORMAN, Calif. (KABC) — A brush fire erupted Wednesday afternoon near Highway 138 in Gorman and quickly spread to more than 100 acres and even generated what appeared to be a “smokenado.”

More than 200 firefighters battled the blaze, which was reported just after 4 p.m. along the 43800 block of Lancaster Road, near Quail Lake, according to authorities.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station announced the blaze prompted a part of Highway 138 to shut down.

Water drops extinguished much of the flames, but large plumes of smoke billowed over the area. AIR7 HD captured a whirlwind of smoke rising from the fire, creating a “smokenado.”

The so-called Sam Fire grew to 150 acres just before 6:30 p.m. The Los Angeles County Fire Department reports no structures are currently threatened by the flames.

It’s unknown what sparked the blaze.

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