A new fire raging in Southern California has been dubbed the “Holy Grail” of wildfires, and it could start sparking new ones in other parts of the state as early as this week.
A National Weather Service forecast released Friday said the blaze in the Los Angeles area, known as the Chimney Flue Cap Fire, is expected to burn for several days, possibly as late as Sunday.
Firefighters are still battling a massive blaze burning on a steep slope near Santa Clarita, where a major power outage in recent weeks has caused power outages for more than 200,000 people.
“It’s the Holy Grail,” said Steve Pogue, a volunteer firefighter who’s spent the past three days fighting the fire near Santa Ana.
“It could be a lot of fire.
We’re trying to fight it, but we’re also trying to stop it from spreading.”
Pogue said the fire is a “massive” fire that’s expected to consume as much as 1,000 acres of farmland and is threatening hundreds of structures.
“This fire is the biggest in Los Angeles history,” he said.
The blaze is the worst in the U.S. since the devastating 2003 Super Bowl-storming wildfire that destroyed thousands of homes and destroyed much of the Los Angels, Santa Monica and Long Beach area.