SIMI VALLEY, Nov. 13, 2018 (Xinhua) -- A firefighter battles wildfire near a freeway in Simi Valley, California, the United States on Nov. 12, 2018. The fire in Southern California continued to destroy homes. (Xinhua/Zhao Hanrong/IANS). Image Source: IANS News

Los Angeles, Oct 25 : A brush fire broke out Thursday afternoon in southern California, forcing local authorities to issue evacuation orders.

The fire, dubbed Tick Fire, was reported in the city of Santa Clarita, 60 km northwest of downtown Los Angeles and moved quickly downhill toward Canyon Country, a residential community nearby, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The flames had spread to 200 acres (0.8 square km) within 20 minutes and scorched over 850 acres (3.4 square km) by 3:00 p.m. local time.

Aerial video showed that some outdoor structures were damaged and the flames were dangerously close to homes in some areas. At least one home appeared to be on fire.

Hundreds of firefighter from Los Angeles County and Orange County were battling the blaze with four airtankers.

The fire came amid red flag warnings issued for some areas in Southern California due to extreme wildfire risk.

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