The brush fire that started in Los Angeles County, California has forced more than 500 homes to evacuate since Saturday night and is still struggling to bring under control on Sunday.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department said on Twitter Sunday afternoon that the blaze, known as the “Polysides Fire” in the Top Canyon area, had burned more than 536 hectares.
“Water-wide helicopters and ground crews continue to fight on steep and rough terrain,” he said in the publication.
About 1,000 people had to be evacuated from the area after the fire department issued a new evacuation notice on Sunday afternoon.
“The weather remained cold and humid at night, which led to a peaceful fire. However, as it warms up today, conditions must change, as the vegetation in the area is very dry and has not burned for 50 years,” the fire department said in a statement Sunday.
A Los Angeles Police Department sergeant told local media that a man deliberately set himself on fire. The accused was spotted by police helicopters on Saturday evening.