GORMAN, Calif. - A two-alarm fire has blackened at least 300 acres on Monday afternoon in the northwest Antelope Valley between Gorman and Lancaster.
According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, "Firefighters have stopped forward progress of the approx 300-acre #RidgeFire. 138 remains closed in both directions near Ridge Route Rd as crews continue to work in the area. "
According to fire officials, the Ridge Fire burned 310 acres and is 40 percent contained as of Monday evening.
The fast-moving blaze, dubbed the Ridge Fire, was reported about 3:45 p.m. near Highway 138 and West Lancaster Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which was being assisted by the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Deputies have evacuated a home south of Highway 138, near Lancaster Road, and homes on Three Points Road in Neenach may be evacuated if winds shift, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Santa Clarita Valley Station says.
By about 5:10 p.m., around 200 acres had burned, and at least one home was threatened, the department reported.
All lanes of Highway 138 at Ridge Route Road in the Gorman area are closed due to the Ridge Fire, which is burning on both sides of the highway, according to Caltrans District 7.
The Aerospace (14) Highway connector to the westbound Highway 138 and the Interstate 5 connector to the eastbound Highway 138 are also closed.
The eastbound lanes of Highway 138 at Gorman Post Road and westbound lanes at 300th Street West in the Gorman Area will be closed through the night, Caltrans District 7 says.
Fire crews will continue to work throughout the night constructing a line around the fire in steep, rugged terrain, officials said.
There was no word on what sparked the blaze.