The Post Fire

Monster Fire Tears Through California, Gorman, June 16, 2024

The Post Fire, named after the nearby Gorman Post Office, broke out on 15, 2024, near Gorman, , fueled by strong winds and dry conditions. The fire quickly spread, fueled by vegetation and driven by strong winds, reaching over 11,000 acres by Sunday morning.

Evacuations and Road Closures:

Due to the rapid spread of the fire, mandatory evacuations were ordered for several areas, including Pyramid Lake, Gorman Post Road, the Hungry Valley State Recreation Area, and surrounding communities in the Grapevine area. Over 1,200 people were evacuated from their homes. Additionally, portions of the 5 Freeway were closed in both directions due to smoke and fire activity.

Impact on Property and Infrastructure:

The Post Fire has caused significant damage to property and infrastructure. The flames destroyed the auto repair shop near McDonald's and damaged several other buildings. Several vehicles were also lost in the fire. The fire has also caused power outages and disrupted communications in the area.

Firefighting Efforts:

Hundreds of firefighters from multiple agencies are battling the Post Fire. Aircreft are also assisting in the firefighting efforts, dropping water and retardant on the flames. However, containment efforts have been hampered by strong winds and dry conditions.

Red Flag Warning:

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the 5 Freeway corridor in northwest Los Angeles County and Ventura County mountain areas until 3 p.m. Monday. This warning indicates dangerous fire weather conditions, including strong winds, low humidity, and dry vegetation, which could increase the risk of new fires and the spread of existing fires.

Unique Aspects of the Post Fire:

Rapid Spread: The Post Fire has spread rapidly due to strong winds and dry conditions, challenging firefighting efforts.

Impact on Communities: The fire has forced the evacuation of several communities and disrupted daily life for residents.

Damage to Infrastructure: The fire has caused significant damage to property and infrastructure, including an auto repair shop and power lines.

Red Flag Warning: The Red Flag Warning highlights the potential for new fires and the rapid spread of existing fires due to dangerous weather conditions.

Current Status:

As of 16, 2024, at 8:30 PM PDT, the Post Fire has burned 12,265 acres and is 2% contained. Firefighters continue to battle the blaze, and additional resources are being requested to assist in the firefighting efforts.

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