Hundreds evacuated as wildfire rips through area of California

The blaze has spread to more than 400 acres of land.  (AP)
The blaze has spread to more than 400 acres of land. (AP)

More than 1,000 people have been evacuated after a fire ripped through an area near Los Angeles.

Hundreds of firefighters have been tackling the blaze which has already torn through 4,400 acres.

The Californian fire department warned that even more residents could be evacuated if the fire continued to rage.

In a statement they said: "Residents are reminded to remain vigilant and be prepared to evacuate if fire activity changes.”

Dramatic pictures showed firefighters battling to contain surrounding flames on Saturday night.

California State Park Services evacuated people from the Hungry Valley recreation area in Gorman and both Hungry Valley and the Pyramid Lake reservoir were closed.

The blaze started about 1.45pm on Saturday while an investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.

The fire was moving southeast toward Pyramid Lake and crews were constructing perimeter fire lines while aircraft worked against limited visibility to stop the fire's progress, the fire department said.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District posted an alert on X as it warned residents of Castaic and Santa Clarita to stay indoors and use an air conditioner or purifier such was the density of the smoke.