California wildfire: 82,000 evacuated

An air tanker drops fire retardant on the Blue Cut wildfire in Lytle Creek, California, August 16, 2016. (AFP)

A rapidly spreading fire raging east of Los Angeles forced the evacuation of more than 82,000 people Tuesday as the governor of California declared a state of emergency.

Around 34,500 buildings were threatened by the blaze, according to the multi-agency Inciweb information site.

Governor Jerry Brown declared the state of emergency for San Bernardino County, located just 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, where the blaze, which has been named the Blue Cut fire, was quickly growing.

The fire, which began around 10:30 am (1730 GMT) Tuesday, has already burned more than 9,000 acres (3,600 hectares), according to Inciweb.

It poses "imminent threat to public safety, rail traffic and structures," according to the website, which said 82,640 people fell under an evacuation warning.