A forest lake in northern California that’s been burning for weeks is starting to die, and there’s no immediate plan to put out the fire, according to local authorities.
The lake, in the Mojave Desert, is the largest lake in the state.
It’s home to a population of nearly 1,400 people, and its fire is the deadliest in the region in decades.
Officials in the small town of Mescalero, which has about 1,500 residents, have been keeping residents inside as the fire spread into the nearby town of Sierra Vista.
The fire started Tuesday morning in a forest in the town of Campo Santa Fe, said Campo Fire Chief Michael Tackett.
Firefighters were able to control the fire by morning, but the blaze was burning out of control as the wind shifted, Tacketts said.
Fire officials have told the Associated Press that they expect the fire to spread north to the Los Angeles-area, where it’s expected to spread rapidly.
Residents of Mesco Valley, which lies near the fire’s tip, are being urged to leave.
The city’s fire department is working to evacuate Campo Valley residents.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.