May 23, 2018

Largest wildfire in the history of LA leaves 5000 acres completely burned

03 September 2017, 04:34 | Simon Arnold

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Hundreds of firefighters battled flames that devoured almost 20 kilometres of brush-covered mountains as authorities issued evacuation orders for more than 700 homes in Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale.

He explained that the blaze was originally described as being a topography fire, because flames are running through steep terrain and narrow canyon roads, but erratic winds caused it to switch directions and start burning toward the Burbank area.

Transition roads were also closed from the eastbound 118 Freeway to the eastbound 210 Freeway, the northbound 2 Freeway to the westbound 210 Freeway, the northbound 2 Freeway at the Ventura (134) Freeway and the eastbound and westbound 134 Freeway to the northbound 2 Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Fire units from Los Angeles County, Angeles National Forest, Glendale and Burbank were on hand to assist with the air and ground fire attack and structure protection.

"Our priority is saving people, saving property", Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for another wildfire as scorching temperatures complicate firefighters' efforts to extinguish blazes.

Earlier, the mayor sought to reassure residents that the fire was not as bad as the percent of containment may suggest.

Hundreds of homes were evacuated Friday and Saturday morning, and one home was destroyed Saturday before noon in the Tujunga area.

Late on Saturday afternoon local time, he said firefighters were dealing with "very erratic weather and wind".

More than 500 firefighters were mobilised to fight the blaze and the aircraft were used to drop fire delaying.

No injuries or structural damage were reported.

As of Saturday night, three evacuation centers had been set up, including the McCambridge Park Recreation Center, 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd., in Burbank; the Sunland Recreation Center in the 8600 block of Foothill Boulevard in Sunland; and Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave.

A red flag warning for the region is in effect through Saturday, meaning hot and dry conditions, combined with gusty winds, "will result in the potential for rapid fire spread", according to the NWS.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the blaze about 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of Sacramento had consumed almost 6 square miles (15 square kilometers).

Tracy Goldman's Burbank neighborhood was within sight of the flames and smoke Saturday, but was not under an evacuation order.

"Other than that, no loss of any property", Garcetti said at a news conference.

Approximately 300 homes in Burbank, 250 in Glendale and 180 in Los Angeles are under evacuation.

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