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BREAKING: Wildfire erupts east of Los Angeles, forces evacuations

A wildfire erupted in Southern California on Tuesday, burning thousands of acres and forcing multiple communities to evacuate.

The wildfire, named the Blue Cut Fire, began burning late on Tuesday morning east of Los Angeles and quickly grew in dry and hot conditions.

The fire has already burned 6,500 acres and is zero percent contained. The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

Evacuations were issues for areas around the rapidly growing fire, including the entire town of Wrightwood, California.

Interstate 15 was one of numerous roads in the area that was shut down due to the fire, leading to gridlocks ahead of rush hour traffic.

NBC 4 Los Angeles reported that some homes around the fire have been burned and that two firefighters have been injured while battling the blaze.

The Blue Cut Fire was around 300 acres in size around noon local time, but quickly grew to beyond 5500 acres by 3:30 p.m. local time.

Smoke from the fire was visible across the entire area and was also able to be detected on weather radar.

Continue to check back with AccuWeather.com for more developments on the fire.